Police donate £1 million to local good causes

First published in News

A FOOTBALL club based in Wall Heath is one of many worthy causes to benefit from £1 million worth of donations from West Midlands Police.

Over the past six years the force has gifted £1,028,909 to 876 youth clubs, pensioner groups and residents associations throughout the region, which was raised by auctioning off property recovered by officers.

Kewford Eagles, who were named as the the West Midlands Community Club of  the Year at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards, in December, benefited from the latest round of handouts.

The club, who play their home games at The Scout Ground, Swindon Road, received a cheque for £450 to purchase new kits out of the £147,450.57 raised in 2013.

Under the terms of the Police Property Act forces can sell property which has been in their possession for more than six months.

The items include those seized by officers as part of an investigation and where the rightful owner cannot be traced.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, who leads on local policing for the force, said: "£1 million is a remarkable milestone.

"We all know about large national charities who offer huge sums for large-scale projects, but smaller groups often find it difficult to get small grants for projects which will directly benefit local people.”

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