Community centre gets fixed up thanks to £47,000 grant

FUNDING CONCERN: Dorothy Clark and Brian Walker from Greatham Community Association outside the community centre. (IRN

FUNDING CONCERN: Dorothy Clark and Brian Walker from Greatham Community Association outside the community centre. (IRN

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A village community centre will use a £47,000 grant towards repairing a leaky roof and install a new heating system.

Greatham Community Centre has been awarded a total of £47,608 to upgrade the local hub, but managers say the fundraising will continue as there is still much work to do.

The money has been provided by the Veolia Environmental Trust, which awards grants through the Landfill Communities Fund to community and environmental projects across the UK.

Chairwoman of Greatham Community Association, which manages the centre, Dorothy Clark, said: “We are delighted that we have been awarded this grant. It means we can push forward with our project to improve the centre for the many community groups that use it.”

Work on the much-needed improvements is hoped to start soon.

Paul Taylor, executive director of the Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “The grant shows how the Trust and the Landfill Communities Fund are a vital source of funding for projects that are really needed, and which will make a real difference to people’s lives and the environment. We look forward to seeing work start.”

Brian Walker, treasurer of Greatham Community Association, thanked Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency for their help in applying for the grant.

He added: “At last, thanks to this grant from the Trust and the money already raised through events and gifts, everyone will be able to see improvements happening. This is stage one and there is a lot more to do, but we are underway.”