Cafe dream moves one step closer

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AN empty room in a community centre is set to be transformed into a cosy cafe thanks to a donation from a supermarket.

The Elim Community Centre, in Whitby Street, Hartlepool, supports local people in need by distributing food and providing a safe haven for vulnerable women and children.

Staff at Hartlepool Asda work closely with the team at Elim, and realised the refurbishment of their store room could help to achieve the centre’s dream of opening their own cafe for people seeking refuge.

The Reverend Colin Sawtell, who runs the community centre, said: “We’re proud to have been open for a year now, but it’s still an uphill struggle when it comes to funding and donations.

“Asda’s furniture will form the basis of our new cafe, which we hope will provide a place of comfort and rest for local people.”

Joanne Tweddle, community colleague from the town store in Marina Way, added: “A cup of tea and a friendly face can go a long way during a tough time, so it’s been our pleasure to help bring the centre’s dream of a cafe one step closer to reality.”