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PUBLISHED: 07:21 21 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 22 October 2010

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It is usually just another chore on the to-do list. But now the annual task of renewing the car or home insurance can benefit a cause close to your heart, too.

It is usually just another chore on the to-do list. But now the annual task of renewing the car or home insurance can benefit a cause close to your heart, too.

And a Norfolk church has become the first in the UK to receive a cash contribution through Community Insur-ance, a new scheme to help grassroots organisations help themselves.

The scheme, administered through regional brokers, is open to groups or individuals involved in a local fund-raising campaign, which receives £25 each time a car or home policy is taken out.

St Botolph's Church at Grimston, near King's Lynn, yesterday took delivery of £100, courtesy of community-spirited parishioners. The money will go towards improvements at the church, including a new toilet and kitchen, expected to cost about £5,000.

Churches at neighbouring Congham and Roydon, and the Methodist Church at Pott Row, have also signed up to the initative.

The Rector of Grimston, Congham and Roydon, the Rev William Howard, said: "I think it's a very good idea. It's a good practical scheme which benefits the community."

Jeffrey Richards, of Comm-unity Insurance, said the gifts could help a huge range of groups. "It could be anything from a church wanting to raise funds to repair the roof to a parent-teacher association needing to raise funds to buy school equipment or a sports club," he said. "It may be just a bunch of friends getting tog-ether and saying: 'We need to get the village hall painted up.'

"The scheme is very new and it's only just been launched, so it's a case of building awareness among these local communities.

"It's just a way that local fundraising groups can raise extra funds when they take out their car or home insurance and they're members of the scheme."

Groups interested in taking advantage of the scheme should visit www.community-insurance.co.uk or call 0800 169 8022 for more details.


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