COMMUNITY groups have celebrated a funding boost at this year’s Airbus and the Leader Community Awards.

Ten lucky finalists across Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester received a share of £20,000.

Attendees enjoyed a ceremony at the Visitor Centre at Airbus, Broughton, before the winners were announced by the Leader’s group editor.

Susan Perry, group editor for Newsquest North Wales, added: “I am humbled by the 10 finalists represented here today.

“Their selfless behaviour is an example to us all and the difference they make to so many people is commendable.

“They are all true winners and their hard work is greatly appreciated.”

The nominations saw more than 4,000 votes come in from members of the community, who voted for their favourite cause to win.

The proud winner – taking £7,000 – was Chirk Community Forum which will purchase all-inclusive play equipment for all children across North Wales.

Cllr Gareth Baines, on behalf of the forum, said: “We’re delighted to be here. It means we will be the first community in North Wales to provide inclusive play equipment for disabled children. It’s for residents across the whole of North Wales and will provide a huge boost for disabled children.”

Second place saw Blacon High School receive £4,000, which is hoping to be the first secondary school with a therapy dog.

Taking third place in the awards was The Osborne Trust, receiving £2,000, which will go towards helping children whose parents have cancer.

In partnership with the Leader, Airbus also gave £1,000 each to Proud Marys choir, Brymbo Boxing Club, St David’s High School at Saltney, Flintshire Do It, Handmade for Dementia, North Wales Nappy Collaborative, Broughton War Memorial and

Peter Buckley, head trainer at Brymbo Boxing Club, told the Leader: “We are really grateful for even being here and receiving the money. It’s going to help a lot of children and we will teach them different skills.

“It means a lot to us, we’re only a small community gym, we don’t get much funding and this will bring the kids on more.”

David Lawson, fundraising officer for Proud Marys, said: “Thank you so much for helping us reach those of the LBGT+ community.

“It will allow us to reach out to members, particularly of the lesbian community that are currently isolated and hopefully bring them together through music, which will see them find companionship, friendship and activities they enjoy.”