Gift will be handy

A COMMUNITY group can continue to run a much-needed service thanks to a generous grant.

The Elm Tree Community Action Group has received a £500 boost from the Co-op.

The action group works for residents of the Elm Tree Park mobile residential park, in Seaton Carew, and the grant will support a valuable handyman service.

It was given to the group by the Co-op’s Membership Community Fund.

The group was presented with a cheque for the money by a Co-op representative at its annual general meeting this week.

The meeting took place at Seaton Carew Methodist Church on Wednesday.

Ken Hayes, chairman of the Elm Tree Community Action Group, said: “The average age of residents is 76.

“We try to keep people happy and safe in their own homes. We provide a helping hand service and the money will be used for that.

“This was the first time we have requested help from the Co-op. Other people and organisations donate to us on occasions but we thought we would try, and were successful.

“We are very happy to have got it. Funding is very hard to come by at the moment and £500 will keep us going for some time.

“I don’t think we will be making another request to them for another few years now.

“We try to spread out our applications so we do not become too much of a burden on any one donor.”

The Elm Tree Community Action Group was formed in 2004 and is a charity.

It also organises social gatherings and coach trips.

Most of the members of the action group live at Elm Tree Park, Queen Street, but a number of relations and former residents also make up its numbers.

One of the main items under discussion at the annual meeting was plans to secure better insulation for residents’ mobile homes.

The action group’s committee was also elected for another year.