Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, is urging community groups to take full advantage of a new community grant awards competition.
The UK's leading supplier of sustainable timber and building materials, Jewson, gave away a total of £250,000 to local community projects last year – and the same prize fund is available for 2017.
Building Better Communities is a competition which gives local causes the chance to win free building materials for building projects. Applicants can choose to nominate a project for a top regional prize of £50,000, or a share of a bigger £150,000 regional prize fund where they can ask for anything from £500 to £10,000 to spend on building materials.
New for 2017 is the Trade Hero category, which seeks to celebrate construction workers who play a big role in their community. The Trade Hero will win £50,000 worth of building materials to enable them to complete a worthy community project.
Nominations can be made via buildingbettercommunities.co.uk or the Jewson Facebook page at facebook.com/jewsonuk. Nominations close on the 5 May 2017.
Karen said: "As Jewson has a branch in Redditch, it struck me that this was a competition well worth entering. Wouldn't it be great if Redditch communities got to share in the prizes?"
Redditch has been my home for nearly 20 years and it has been a huge honour to have represented its great people for the past seven.
Sadly due to ill health I have decided not to stand for re-election. There is nothing more important or rewarding than helping people, however I need to be fully fit to be able to undertake the job properly.
I am immensely grateful to all the fantastic people I have met during my time as a Member of Parliament and want to say a huge thank you for all of their support.
Redditch deserves strong and stable leadership. Every vote for Theresa May and your local Conservative, Rachel Maclean, on 8 June will strengthen our hand in negotiations to get the best possible deal for Brexit and beyond, leaving Britain stronger and better off for the future.