Almost £1 million has been awarded to good causes across Worcestershire over the past four years by a Severn Trent.

The funding is courtesy of the water company's community fund, which since its launch has supported community charities and initiatives.

In 2020, the water company pledged to donate £10 million to projects over five years.

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An extra £1.6 million has also been allocated to assist communities dealing with the impact of Coronavirus.

Across the county, £637,435 in total has been issued to 50 organisations, projects and charities, which has impacted 31,462 people.

Over the years, a spectrum of organisations and causes have received funding, including Droitwich First Responders, The Old Needleworks Foundation, Wildgoose Rural Training, Open Trail and Roundhill Allotments Association.

Jim Hidderley, managing director at Wildgoose Rural Training, said: "The help we have received from Severn Trent is invaluable to the creation of a functioning visitor centre and tearoom.

"The project will allow our local community to access the nature reserve and enjoy good quality, local, seasonal food.

"The benefit of a facility like this is immeasurable to helping a community connect with each other, new experiences and the environment."

As the Fund enters its final year, it has released its annual review for 2023/24.

In the past financial year, £161,944 has been allocated to three organisations in the county, including Worcester Norton CIC and Jacks Place Care CIC.

The fund was set up to support projects relating to three aspects of community wellbeing: people, place and environment.

Jade Gough, the company's community fund officer, said: "What a four years it has been.

"Hugely rewarding, inspirational and wonderful to learn more about all the amazing projects and charities that are out there supporting the communities in Worcestershire.

She added: "One thing that has shone through from all the projects across the past four years is the people at the heart of them and the incredible commitment to their communities.

"We could not be prouder to be a small part of their story."

The community fund accepts applications all year round.

For more information or to apply, visit