Garstang company gives back to the community

A LEADING Garstang business is celebrating its 50th birthday by launching a new cash fund to support local community projects.

The ‘Collinson 4 Community’ fund, or C4C, has been set up by Collinson plc and has already helped Great Eccleston scouts with money towards their new meeting hall.

Collinson, founded by Ernest Collinson in 1962, has grown from small beginnings manufacturing silos for the farming industry to the diverse company it is today, servicing the agricultural, biomass and construction sectors under the leadership of Roger Collinson,.

Third generation Collinsons Daniel and Sam Collinson are continuing the family business taking the roles of Joint Managing Directors

Dan Collinson said: “We have always been a keen supporter of community projects but to mark this special anniversary we are launching the Collinson 4 Community fund which will make cash available to support local community projects.”

The first benefactor of the fund was the 1st Great Eccleston Scout Group, who after securing funding from The Rural Development Programme and Lancashire Environment Fund needed to raise additional funds to move forward with their project to build a new Scout HQ.

Collinson was one of the supporting companies who helped to turn the groups dream into reality, with the new hall hall opened last month and available to Beavers, Scouts, Cubs and the local community.

Dan added: “Collinson want to make a difference, giving back to the community which has supported us and our growth over the last 50 years.’’

The fund is designed to support and develop local community initiatives.

It is open to all including schools, groups, charities and voluntary organisations.

Applications will be judged on merit by the Directors and an independent team from Collinson with funds being awarded in multiples of £50 in recognition of the anniversary.