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A reason to keep smiling; The region's good causes get Comic Relief cash.

DOZENS of good causes have reason to smile today after learning they will benefit from cash raised by Comic Relief.

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland today unveiled its list of organisations who have been awarded funds from the Comic Relief Sport Relief Community Cash 2012.

A total of pounds 50,000 will be spread out across the region.

Among those celebrating today is the Bensham Court Tenants' Association. They have been awarded pounds 1,000 to help them mark the Queen's Jubilee in style.

The group has about 400 members from the local housing estate in Gateshead, living in warden-supported flats.

Young stroke victims will also benefit after a Byker project to help them was awarded pounds 980.

The money will pay for the hire of a dance studio and instructor to help the youngsters regain their independence.

Young footballers in Wallsend will be given a kick-start thanks to a grant of pounds 1,000 for a Mini Soccer Project.

The funds will help pay for new coaches and a week-long sports festival in the summer.

People in South Tyneside will be able to enjoy Bollywood dancing thanks to pounds 1,000 awarded to Hindu Nari Sangh. The project will see a dance teacher employed for a year.

The South of Tyne Association of Residents (STAR) will get pounds 1,000 to fund a project to boost their members' IT and email skills. The Gatesheadbased group aims to support older people in Birtley.

The Newcastle Bangladesh Youth Organisation have been awarded pounds 1,000. The funding will be used to help youngsters of Bangladeshi origin understand family, culture and history.

The Eighton Banks Village Hall Youth Club in Gateshead has been recommended for a grant of pounds 1,000 to pay for trips.

Whickham Cricket Club will benefit from funding which will allow it to continue to put on winter coaching sessions.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Apr 26, 2012
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