A NUMBER of district businesses are backing a charity scheme to re-boot Bradford, with others urged to join them.

The #GiveBradford scheme, managed by Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), will give firms a chance to help fund community projects across the district.

More than 41,000 children are living in poverty in the Bradford district, which is the fifth most income-deprived local authority in England.

The scheme has set up a 100 Club, which is a membership scheme that unites businesses and individuals who want to boost the district. Annual membership will cost £1,000, and it is hoped 100 will join.

Since the scheme’s launch in November last year, a number of district firms have signed up to the 100 Club. These have included Packetts, The Broadway, Christeyns, University of Bradford, LCF Law, Malik House and Bradford Council.

The LCF has invested more than £3.8 million since 2012 into community projects and small charities across the Bradford district, which have helped more than 155,000 people. It handed out £593,000 worth of grants last year.

Wayne Cowley, director of Packetts, said: “We would encourage all businesses in the Bradford district to get involved and play a significant role in ensuring our communities gain the support they need.”

Community projects already benefitting from the scheme’s investment already include Impact Gamers, Shine West Bowling, Bradford Nightstop and Bradford Disability Football Club.

Impact Gamers is a community interest company which aims to inspire young people away from just game playing to making games, encouraging young people to express ideas, draw out emotions and create fun, social games.

It is based in St Stephen’s Church, Newton Street, West Bowling, and supports children and families with wider issues.

Adam Syrop, Impact Gamers team leader, said: “The team at LCF has been an amazing support and resource.

“The funding we’ve received allows us to work with families going through very difficult times.”

Go to givebradford.org.uk to join the 100 Club or for more information.