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£25,000 grants for Dorset’s vulnerable groups

Magnox Winfrith
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Magnox Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have announced that they will be providing a £25,000 grant to Dorset Council.

The grant is one of 12 which Magnox has made available to non-profit organisations and councils near Magnox sites, and this one will be used to benefit vulnerable groups around Magnox’s Winfrith, Dorset site.

Dorset Council has stated that the grant will be used on three local food banks, providing PPE to volunteers, arts and crafts supplies, and on other activities for vulnerable children.

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.

Gwen Parry-Jones, Magnox Chief Executive

Dorset Council also provided a statement:

On behalf of everyone at Dorset Council, I would like to whole-heartedly thank Magnox for their generous donation.

We have arrangements in place across the council area to ensure emergency community food provision is available – free of charge – for those who need it.

This significant Magnox donation will go some way in ensuring that we have sufficient foodbank stock ready as we continue to keep our volunteers, foodbank and community hub staff safe as they provide a lifeline service to some of the most vulnerable residents in our communities.

I have seen first-hand the work carried out by the foodbank, their volunteers and our community voluntary sector over the last few weeks who are doing such a fantastic job in very challenging circumstances and I can’t praise them highly enough.

Councillor Laura Miller, Dorset Council

The Magnox’s Winfrith site is a nuclear reactor research site, which hosted nine experimental reactors. The reactors are being decommissioned, and only two are left today. Magnox and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority are decommissioning the remaining reactors and will be restoring the area to heathland.

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