THE Greater Manchester Police community charity has given a helping hand to two local organisations.

It donated £100 to Ramsbottom United Junior Football Club and £200 to Bury Victim Support and Witness Service.

The charity, which is funded through an investment fund, was set up 20 years ago to help communities across Greater Manchester.

Inspector Steve Clark of Bury Police said: "Victim support do outstanding work in helping those who have been a victim of crime. And given the negative publicity surrounding young people, particularly in Ramsbottom, it was pleasing to be able to reward an organisation which helps youngsters in the area."

The football club will put the money towards a new kit for the team and the victim support service will use the donation to help pay for a seminar aimed at raising awareness of diversity issues among staff and the general public.

The charity helps out around 80 community organisations a year.

Community groups wishing to apply for a grant of £100 to £200 should ring 0161 856 2276, an answer phone is in operation and callers should leave their name and address for an application form.