Organisation’s £250k Big Lottery boost to get Hartlepool and East Durham dancing

Bethany Ainsley, manager of Nouveau Fitness.
Bethany Ainsley, manager of Nouveau Fitness.

A NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation is celebrating after securing a £250,000 lottery cash windfall.

Award-winning community enterprise Nouveau Dance & Fitness was given the massive financial boost by the Big Lottery Fund.

And the money will be spent on fitness and wellbeing, with a focus on providing service in Hartlepool. The Peterlee-based organisation currently delivers fun, affordable, innovative and effective dance and fitness programmes to 1,200 people per week across the North East of England, and in the east Durham area.

But the money will mean its sessions and classes can be spread further south to Hartlepool.

Founder and director Hartlepool-born Bethany Ainsley was delighted at hearing the news that Nouveau would be receiving £256,837.

She told the Mail: “The money will be used on delivering dance and fitness classes across Hartlepool and County Durham.It is aimed at helping to improve health and wellbeing for everyone, including, children, families, adults, older adults and people with disabilities.

Nouveau Fitness manager Bethany Ainsley (left), with participants Nichola Donnelly and Cheryl Brown, from Hartlepool.

Nouveau Fitness manager Bethany Ainsley (left), with participants Nichola Donnelly and Cheryl Brown, from Hartlepool.

“It will be something for all the family.

“We’re looking forward to doing more work in Hartlepool and to get to know the people of Hartlepool a bit better.

“It’s exciting.”

The project is yet to start in Hartlepool, but the launch is set for February next year.

Nouveau Fitness received a quarter of a million pound lottery cash windfall

Nouveau Fitness received a quarter of a million pound lottery cash windfall

Between now and then, Bethany and her team are going through a period of consultation with members of the public in Hartlepool to find out what, when and where people would like classes, with a focus on the more deprived areas of town.

She also wants to ensure that the sessions are either free, or at a low cost so they are affordable for everyone.

Current sessions which are nearest to Hartlepool are at Shotton Comrades Club, Shotton Colliery, on Tuesdays from 7.15pm-8pm, and at Trimdon Station Community Centre, on Thursdays from 10am-11am.