Final chance to scoop £5,000 for Drop Inn

People have just five more days to ensure a Belper youth charity benefits from a £5,000 Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund grant.

The Drop Inn on Derwent Street must generate more votes than two of its three rivals in Derbyshire in an online competition to scoop the vital cash.

Voting closes at midnight on September 9, with the winners being announced in the following weeks.

The contest is the first of its kind to be run by Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund and was launched to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay as part of the bank’s “commitment to give back to the communities in which it operates”.

The Drop Inn is up againstMarlborough Rovers Football Club, Ripley Rangers Football Club, and Wirksworth Junior School in its bid to win a share of a national £660,000 funding pot.

Paul Turner, Director of Community and Sustainable Business at Lloyds Banking Group said: “I would encourage all residents to vote for their local organisations so that they do not miss this valuable grant opportunity.

“Becoming the best bank for our communities provides us with this unique Community Fund grant opportunity.

“The collaboration of The Group’s funding, together with colleague engagement in our communities, is a tremendously strong proposition allowing us to provide significant benefits for organisations across the UK that go far beyond funding alone.”

In March the Drop Inn won emergency funding of £4,000 from Belper Town Council to help it continue its work with teenagers.

The organisation had run into problems because its treasurer died, leaving volunteers struggling to update the books for the Charities Commission.

That donation was followed by a £6,000 presentation last month by Belper’s Vaillant Group. The money, which was raised during a company fun day, secured the rent on the Drop Inn’s premises for eight months.

The Drop Inn was approached eight weeks prior to the event and asked to produce some Olympic themed art work (pictured) to add colour to the day.

An eight-week project then started which involved the design and creation of the art pieces - 15 youngsters took part, four of them being special needs young people.

Drop Inn Senior Manager, Andrea Fox, said: “We had great fun producing the pieces which were fixed in pouring rain a day before the event in July.

“Our young people attended the day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, they had a great sense of achivement seeing their hard work displayed in a prominent place on the Vaillant site. I can’t believe how much was raised for us, it really has made a big difference to us. I am very proud of the young people and what they achieved, there is a lot of young talent within the Drop Inn - to give them a focus like this is great for their confidence.”

To vote visit www.lloydsbankinggroupcommunities.com