Ørsted hits £1.5million milestone as it announces latest grants through its Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

Ørsted hits £1.5million milestone as it announces latest grants through its Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

Ørsted fund has now awarded over £1.5million to community projects around Liverpool Bay
A total of 168 projects have now been awarded funding

Eleven organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of the latest round of funding from Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The latest awards see the Fund soar through the £1.5million milestone and takes the total number of projects supported to 168 since the Fund launched in May 2015.

The full list of organisations awarded grants under the latest round of the Community Benefit Fund are as follows:

  • Christchurch Community Centre, Rhyl – £19,000
  • Crea8ing Community CIC, Psychosocial Education & Support for Wirral – £20,000
  • Sported Foundation, Denbighshire Connected Communities – £5,000
  • St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph – £20,000
  • Choose Life The Prisoners Initiative, Sefton – £4,960
  • Bootle Youth and Community Centre, South Park, Sefton – £17,368
  • Crosby Explorer Scouts – £3,942
  • Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens, Hoylake and West Kirby Wader Project – £1,350
  • Linacre Bridge Community Hub, Sefton – £18,000
  • Wirral Community Organic Growers, Birkenhead – £5,000
  • Energy Projects Plus, Affordable Warmth Wirral – £19,862

Stephen Duffy, Project Manager at Choose Life The Prisoners Initiative, said: “We are extremely pleased to receive very generous funding from the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund. We are in the process of having this innovative form of drugs education evaluated by three universities and then the hope is it will go national and ex-offenders and people in recovery all over the Country will get the benefit. We believe Ørsted can be rightly proud that their funding has pushed this forward.”

Nichola McGowan, Finance Manager at St Kentigern Hospice, said: “We are extremely grateful for this grant towards our Volunteer Coordinator post. Our hospice depends heavily on volunteers who help us in our charity shops, fundraising events, reception and café, the Inpatient Unit and Wellbeing Hub, as well as volunteering in our Bereavement and Family Services Unit. After the pandemic, many of our longstanding, loyal volunteers did not return and the new Volunteer Coordinator will help maintain a constant pool of well trained and enthusiastic volunteers.”

Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor & Community Benefit Fund Manager for Ørsted, said: “Our Community Benefit Fund’s show the added value that offshore wind brings to communities across the region. We’re delighted to have passed such a significant milestone and to reflect on the positive impact that all of our grant winners have on the region through their hard work and commitment.”

For more information about the Fund and who can apply, please click here

Each year for the expected 25-year lifetime of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, approximately £225,000 will be made available for community projects, which will benefit the local area.

Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm was officially opened in May 2017 and is capable of meeting the electricity demand of well over 230,000 homes. It was the first offshore wind farm in the world to commercially demonstrate the massive 8MW MHI Vestas turbines which stand at a staggering 195m, tall from sea-level to tip.