A CHARITY set up to help fund crime fighting projects has handed out more than £2m to good causes over the past 20 years.
The Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) gave more than £13,000 to projects in Blackpool and Fylde while the Wyre area benefited from a cash boost of nearly £6,000 last year.
LANPAC, which was awarded charitable status in 1997, raises funds through membership subscriptions, donations or sponsorship activity.
Ian Groundwater, LANPAC manager, said: “These grants are designed to protect the vulnerable and the elderly and to reduce incidents of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour by engaging with young people to introduce them to constructive leisure time activities.
“LANPAC will continue to explore every funding opportunity to enable us to support our local communities and neighbourhood policing teams. We want to ensure Lancashire Police remains in the forefront of policing and continues to perform at the highest level to make this county a safer place for our residents, visitors and investors.”
In Blackpool and Fylde, a £3,000 grant from LANPAC was used to fund safeguarding shows, featuring magician Al Jolly, in 20 Blackpool primary schools.
In Northern Division, which covers the Wyre area, money has been used to fund the SAFE project which sees student volunteers visiting elderly and vulnerable residents to raise awareness of doorstep crime.
LANPAC) was formed in 1992 to support initiatives designed to protect and reassure our communities.
It has recently been awarded more than £200,000 from Children in Need and Comic Relief, which will provide funding for two intensive support workers who will help police to tackle child sex exploitation.
Mr Groundwater added: “While we are delighted to successfully secure external funding, it is true to say that we could not run our day-to-day activities of providing instant funding to address urgent neighbourhood concerns without the support of our members.”