Merton and Wandsworth groups net £450,000 funding from All England Lawn Tennis Club charity

A £450,000 charity funding pot has been dished out to support a variety of Merton and Wandsworth community groups.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s charity, Wimbledon Foundation’s Health and Wellbeing Fund, announced that they will be donating £30,000 a year to eight carefully chosen charities in the community for the next three years.

The cash boost will help a wide cross section of Merton and Wandsworth residents, from young asylum seekers to isolated pensioners.

Charities supported by the fund include Age UK Wandsworth, as well as associations that work with bereaved children such as Jigsaw4u or Home-Start Wandsworth who work with parents facing issues from post-natal depression to isolation.

Ulrika Hogberg, Wimbledon Foundation and community manager, said: “We hope each will have a positive and long-lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of our local community.”

Launched in March, the Health and Wellbeing fund aims to promote better mental health, improve physical health, and work with vulnerable groups.

Young refugees, asylum seekers and disadvantaged students have the chance to gain confidence and improve their communication skills with Attic Theatre Company, another beneficiary, through their productions.

Older residents and disabled people will benefit from Leonard Cheshire’s Keep Warm, Keep Well project which aims to better insulate homes and provide care packs with essentials such as hats and gloves.

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