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Red Devils tackle unemployment

Club captain Adrian Morley showing his support for the Foundation’s work Credit: Salford Red Devils Rugby Club

A project run by the charitable arm of Salford Red Devils rugby club has received £352,000 to tackle youth unemployment.

Salford Red Devils Foundation will use the money to expand its Big Hits initiative in Salford and neighbouring Trafford.

It will offer young people aged 14 to 21 the chance to access courses such as first aid and sports coaching. Participants will then use their skills to deliver sports sessions, including touch rugby, for schools and community groups.

As part of the project, tutorials will also be given in financial mismanagement and gambling addiction, along with career advice.

Salford Red Devils Foundation was one of eight groups across the North West to share #2.7 million via the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

The main goal is sustainability and by the end of the three years the vast majority of the young people will have progressed on to jobs or education through our networks with hundreds of local residents playing and volunteering at new and existing community sports clubs.

– Mark Brocklehurst, Foundation manager

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Two local animal charities chosen for crash grant

Two animal charities in the North West have been selected to receive a £50,000 donation each from the Support Adoption For Pets charity fund.

The grant-giving charity based in Handforth selected two local organisations to benefit from the money as a way of celebrating the £10m raised since 2006. They are:

  • Carla Lane Animals in Need in Liverpool
  • Warrington Animal Welfare

Charity cycle event over for two competitors hit by van

Matt Lavery Credit: Pedals for Medals

A charity cycling event is in jeopardy after two of the people taking part were hit by a van.

Pedals for Medals was set to be a non-stop bike ride from Manchester to Gibraltar involving amateur cyclists and the armed forces.

The event has now been delayed until two of the bikers, both of whom suffered broken ribs and punctured lungs, are healthy again.

Dave Dickenson Credit: Pedals for Medals

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'Better together' helps transform community space

A new charity campaign has been launched in the North West to offer funding to try to transform rundown communities.

'Better Together' pay up to £25,000 to projects that improve the lives of residents in the region.

Residents from Darwell Avenue in Barton have transformed a rundown alleyway into a place of beauty and communal gathering.

Tim Scott reports from Darwell Avenue to see how the scheme can work.

Alice Pyne's ashes scattered on Mount Kilimanjaro

A girl from Ulverston in Cumbria has fulfilled her sister's dying wish to have her ashes scattered at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Milly Pyne has reached the top of Africa's highest mountain. Her sister Alice died earlier this year after a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

You can find out more about Alice's legacy on the Alice's Escapes website, a charity set up in her memory. It provides free holidays to families with a seriously ill child.

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