FUNDRAISERS have been refused a £1,700 grant from Stone Town Council because the money would go out of the country.
Organisers of the popular annual road race applied for the money which they would have donated to Stone Outward Division guides.
The guides would have used the money to send up to 18 girls and six adult leaders to Kenya to work on a project to build a school.
Since the event began in 2005 entrant numbers have risen from 200 to 700.
In his application for the cash Chris Barlow said: “As you see by last year’s accounts all the money raised is given back to the school and the guides.”
Clerk Les Trigg told councillors: “The road race itself is a fundraising activity for Stone guides. If there’s a grant application for Stone guides it should come from the guides rather than someone else making an application on their behalf.”
Proposing the application be refused Councillor Jill Hood said: “Let me be the first to say I recognise this road race as one of the most popular events organised in Stone. Sadly I can’t support it. To ask for £1,700 that’s not for a project in Stone and to see the money being given back, I’m sorry we should refuse.”
Councillor Geoff Collier said: “Grants that we give to organisations in Stone are to help them keep running, to help them when they’re in trouble. I’m not knocking them but this is purely for fundraising, for money to go out of the country. I can’t support it.”
June Price said: “Everyone taking part in this race pays to take part so they must make a tremendous amount of money from that. I don’t think we should make a grant.”
Councillor Joyce Farnham asked if the council could make a smaller grant of £100 to pay for the road closure but it was voted down.
The application was refused by nine votes to three with three abstentions.