The village hall in the Lincolnshire community of Edenham is reducing its carbon footprint, improving environmental standards and increasing hygiene thanks to a donation from the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund.
The fund has given £250 to Edenham Village Hall to help cover the costs of installing hot air hand dryers in the toilets, allowing the hall to end the use of paper towels.
Pat Smith of the village hall committee said: “This is a much more hygienic system for all our groups using the hall – everyone from the toddler group through to dog training handlers, Edenham school children and the senior citizen Christmas Party.
“And the dryers are always available, unlike paper towels where the dispenser requires refilling on a regular basis. It also saves us a bit of work as we no longer have to deal with ordering the towels and accepting delivery.”
The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund supports groups that enhance or develop local communities. It makes grants to charities or voluntary organisations within ten miles (16 kilometres) of any housing development by Larkfleet Homes or Allison Homes, both part of The Larkfleet Group of Companies which is based in Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Karl Hick, CEO of The Larkfleet Group of Companies, said: “We were particularly pleased to support this project because of the positive impact on the environment. We have a strong environmental ethos at Larkfleet – most of our homes are fitted with solar panels to generate electricity from sunlight, for example. And, surprising as it may seem, studies have shown that hot air hand dryers are more environmentally-friendly than paper towels.”
Cambridgeshire Community Foundation manages The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund on Larkfleet’s behalf. Any community or voluntary group wishing to find out more about the fund can visit here.