With young people experiencing some of the worst impacts of the pandemic, such as missed education and diminished work opportunities, the John Porter Community Fund has opted to support organisations dedicated to making life better for future generations in its latest round of donations.

One of the worthy groups is the Accelerate Youth Running Club (pictured right), which is free for nine to 14-year-olds and runs training sessions twice a week at Wollescote Community Centre. The group’s focus on ‘adventure fit’ helps children to increase their fitness, endurance and speed, benefiting them in a range of sports.

The John Porter Community Fund’s contribution will pay for additional insurance and jackets to keep volunteer coaches warm.

Another young persons’ group supported by the Fund is Tumble Downs Kids Play Club, which exists to provide education to children with special educational needs and is based at Hob Green Primary School in Stourbridge.

The donation to Tumble Downs (pictured below) will help fund a two-day residential for the children in Wiltshire which organisers say will offer the youngsters something to look forward to after months of lockdown.

Lucy Porter, H. Porter & Sons’ Business Owner and Director, said the business was committed to making a difference in the community,

“The past year and a bit have been incredibly difficult for many, particularly young people who have missed out on so much. So it seems fitting that as society opens up we direct support to groups to help future generations get back to living life to the full,” she said.

The John Porter Community Fund was established in memory of H. Porter & Sons’ former owner John Porter. Every three months it distributes donations to a range of causes based on applications.

Local community groups interested in applying are invited to write to Lucy at lucyporter@hporter.co.uk. Further information about the Fund can be found here, alternatively, we can be contacted on 01384 395048.