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Rock donates 2.2m to charities

Northern Rock
Northern Rock Foundation is run independently of the bank

Organisations across the north-east of England and Cumbria are to benefit from grants of more than 2m from the charitable arm of Northern Rock.

The majority of the 2.2m will go to groups helping the homeless, elderly and victims of rape.

The largest grant of 239,000 will help Tyneside Cyrenians set up an alcohol addiction centre in Gateshead.

Organisations in Cumbria, Wearside and Teesside will also receive grants of between 27,000 and 198,000.

The foundation, set up in 1997, is run independently of the bank and has its own board of trustees.

Age Concern in Carlisle will receive 152,000 for a welfare advice service, with the charity's Sunderland centre benefiting from a 150,000 grant.

'Huge difference'

The UK Association of Gypsy Women is to get more than 136,000 to help tackle hate crime experienced by traveller communities in County Durham.

The Tees Valley-based Women's Support Network will benefit from a 85,900 grant to support victims of sexual violence.

Seven Stories, The Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle, will receive 130,087, the largest culture grant.

Alastair Balls, chairman of Northern Rock Foundation, said: "We are continuing to invest in organisations whose work makes a huge difference to the lives of people disadvantaged by poverty, age and difficult circumstances across the North East and Cumbria."

The foundation plans to make grants totalling more than 11m during 2009.

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