A COUNCILLOR has proved charity is child’s play after giving a community centre a boost.
East Durham councillor Joan Maslin has donated £10,563 to Wingate Community Centre that will go towards repairs, toys and help to form a new group.
From the centre total, the kind councillor gave £2,926 for toys for a children’s play group, £4,637 to repair the centre’s lift, which had been out of action for several months, and £3,000 to start up a tea dance.
Coun Maslin, who represents Wingate, Castle Eden and Peterlee’s Passfield ward on Durham County Council, also donated £3,494 to Wingate Parish Council towards a new war memorial that is planned for the village’s Front Street.
The money came from Coun Maslin’s £25,000 yearly Area Action Partnership (AAP) budget.
Coun Maslin, who has been a councillor for 32 years, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to help people.
“People are so grateful.
“It’s just a nice feeling to be able to do something off your own back.
“I try and help my three areas - that’s the point of being a councillor, to help the people who voted you in.
“It’s a shame I couldn’t give more with all the cuts.”
Wingate Community Centre manager Joyce Collins said: “Wingate Community Association would like to thank Coun Maslin for the money for the play equipment and also for the other projects for which she has donated.”
Over the past two years Coun Maslin’s budget has donated £30,500 for a new layby in Durham Way, Peterlee, to combat parking problems outside The Academy at Shotton Hall, £3,000 for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau’s Wingate outreach service and £2,956 for a play group in Castle Eden. Coun Maslin is also allocated £2,000 a year through a Member’s Initiative Fund and she gave 40 groups across her three areas £50 each.
She was also instrumental in getting drop kerbs installed in Durham Way, Peterlee, from her £6,000 highways budget.