Funding supports Suffolk communities

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The money has been granted to East Suffolk Council to support the community in the Aldeburgh, Leiston and Saxmundham Community Partnership area during the coronavirus pandemic.

The funds will be given to the Leiston and District Citizens Advice Bureau, the local food bank and six other active community organisations who are leading the local Covid-19 response.

The funding forms part of the 12 grants, worth £300,000 in total, which Magnox has made available to local authorities or charities where a Magnox site is located. In East Suffolk, this is the Sizewell A site, which was closed in 2006 and is currently being decommissioned.

Gwen Parry-Jones, Magnox Chief Executive, said:

Many community groups are carrying out positive work, supporting the most vulnerable in their areas. This work is vital, and a key part of Magnox’s response to COVID-19 is to help other organisations deal with the pandemic wherever we can.

In this time of national crisis, Magnox has agreed with the NDA that we should make available up to £25,000 at each site from the Magnox Socio-economic Scheme for use by local community groups on COVID-19 related activities. Magnox is committed to assisting the communities surrounding our sites, as our communities have supported us for over 50 years, and we hope this funding will go some way to supporting the essential work being delivered.

Letitia Smith, East Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism added: “We are grateful to Magnox for this initial contribution to local groups in the Aldeburgh, Leiston and Saxmundham Community Partnership area who have been actively supporting local people who are vulnerable at this difficult time.”

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