SLIDESHOW: We team up with trust to hand out top awards

Dreams have been turned into reality for dozens of youngsters thanks to The Gazette’s £10,000 Community Giveaway.

For the third year, The Gazette has teamed up with the Swallowdale Children’s Trust in a bid to help deserving young people. During the evening, 36 groups and individuals - who had been nominated through The Gazette - received cash grants kindly given by Swallowdale.

Community Giveaway 2015  by Swallowdale Children's Turst in association with The Blackpool Gazette at The Imperial Hotel.'Pictured is Gazette Deputy Editor Andy Sykes and Chairman of Swallowdale CHildren's Trust with Community Giveaway Winner Billy King.

Community Giveaway 2015 by Swallowdale Children's Turst in association with The Blackpool Gazette at The Imperial Hotel.'Pictured is Gazette Deputy Editor Andy Sykes and Chairman of Swallowdale CHildren's Trust with Community Giveaway Winner Billy King.

The Trust handed out an incredible £25,000 to needy individuals and youth groups in 2013 and another £10,000 was given last year.

The grants are available for groups and individuals under 25 years of age.

Nigel Law, chairman of the Swallowdale Children’s Trust, said: “On behalf of the trustees at the Swallowdale Children’s Trust, I would like to thank The Gazette for working with us for the past three years and especially at the presentation awards on Thursday.

“It was a joyful and uplifting event which brought happiness to lots of young people and voluntary groups across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. We would welcome further applications to the trust all year round and these applications can be made through our website or on our Facebook page.”

To apply for financial help directly to Swallowdale throughout the year, contact the secretary of the Trust, Alexa Alderson, in writing at P.O. Box 1301, Blackpool, FY1 9HD or email secswallowdale@hotmail.co.uk

• For more information follow the Swallowdale Children’s Trust on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SwallowdaleTrust.