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Stoke Mandeville site receives HS2 grant

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust has been awarded a sum from the railways community fund.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:35pm 19th June 2020. (Updated at 8:05am 21st June 2020) 3-minute read.

Stoke Mandeville site receives HS2 grant

The Paralympic heritage site in Stoke Mandeville has benefited from a community fund. 

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust, based in and around Stoke Mandeville and across Buckinghamshire, had secured £250,000 from the HS2 Community Fund. 

The grant will be used for outreach along the line of HS2's phase 1 route, capturing stories at risk of being lost. 

The goal is to share and promote them locally and nationally to build a strong network across the communities. 

The Community Fund by HS2 was set up to build and support communities disrupted by the construction of HS2. 

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd said

"At HS2 we are keenly aware of the disruption that building the new railway can have on local communities, which is why these awards are so important as we support those affected, even before the main construction phase has begun. In these difficult times, HS2 will not only provide a boost to the UK economy, creating job and business opportunities across the country, but can also make an impact in giving back to the communities where we are working. This project is part of HS2 investing in the line of route communities and my hope is that it contributes to us creating a positive and lasting legacy."

Nigel Purse, Chair of the NPHT said

"This is a marvellous way for the NPHT to extend its work and outreach more into the local communities, celebrating this remarkable local history and the role that the residents of the area had to play in it."

Vicky Hope-Walker, CEO said

"We are delighted to have received this support because there are so many untold stories out there in these communities that we can uncover and share, stories that might otherwise be lost, and stories of real endurance that led to what we now know as the Paralympic Games, no ordinary feat. It is also an opportunity to share the history with young people who may not be aware of its local significance".

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