Cash bonanza for community

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COMMUNITY groups are set to benefit from significant investment from a local autobody repair company.

The Karl Vella Group, which has its headquarters on Skelmersdale’s Gillibrands Industrial Estate, announced it is sponsoring West Lancashire Girls Football League to the tune of £10,000 over the next three seasons.

In addition, another local sporting organisation, Skelmersdale Athletic AFC is getting £1,000 while Tanhouse Morris Dancers, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, is getting £750 for new equipment.

The funding boosts come as the Karl Vella Group celebrates 25 years in business this year.

Starting out in 1986 with just one apprentice and a workshop, Karl Vella MBE built up his business into a multi million pound organisation spanning five sites.

Skem Athletic AFC Mark Ashton said: “This is a very welcome boost to Skem Athletic and we would like to thank the Karl Vella Group for their support.