THE PORT of Tilbury has announced that they will step in to support local charity, the Tilbury Riverside Project, with a donation of £15,000 to assist the charity during a period of uncertainty over funding. The Tilbury Riverside Project (TRP) was founded over 20 years ago, to promote economic, social and cultural regeneration in Tilbury and the surrounding area.
The work of the charity has had a substantial impact on the local community as they manage a number of popular and well-loved heritage projects such as the Tilbury and Chadwell Memories Website (http://www.tilburyandchadwellmemories.org.uk/) – a site dedicated to the cataloguing and recording of memories and stories from the Tilbury and Chadwell area and comprises mainly of personal accounts from local residents.
The Tilbury Riverside Project also looks after the highly-popular and well-attended Christmas Lights annual switch-on and is instrumental in the running of Tilbury Festival.
The charity, who have in the past received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Thames Gateway Development Corporation, applied to the Big Lottery fund for £30000 worth of funding per year for the next three years, but were denied on account of the fact that they could not attribute the funding to any specific project at the time of application.
Without any assistance, the TRP would only be able to operate till the end of this year, leaving a void in the community if their good work were to come to an end. Part of the application for funding was to cover the salary of a project manager, who would be a key employee of the charity in terms of managing community events and projects and without whom the TRP would cease to operate. The Port of Tilbury, who work closely with the charity on a number of projects including Tilbury Festival, have kindly agreed to donate £15000 until the charity secure further funding.
Lynda Viccars, Community Liaison Manager at the Port of Tilbury, and representative for the port when working with the TRP said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Tilbury Riverside Project, a group so closely linked to the Port of Tilbury and highly instrumental in the organisation of community events in many of which the port plays an active role. We are aware that there will be a distinct void in the community, should the TRP have to cease their good work and we are determined to assist them to ensure that this does not happen.”
Annie O’Brien, project manager at the Tilbury Riverside Project said “We cannot thank the Port of Tilbury enough for their generous donation, which enables the TRP to continue running well into next year. We have submitted a further application the Heritage Lottery on the back of this kind donation for £70000 over the next three years to assist with a project named ‘Making Memories’ which works with dementia patients and care homes, which will hopefully be reviewed soon.”
Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports said “It is our pleasure to assist the Tilbury Riverside Project during this period of financial difficulty. As a charity very close to the Port we wish them all the best with securing funding in the future.”