Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Groups Already Vie for Share

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Groups Already Vie for Share

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Byline: By Sonia Sharma

Good causes and community groups of all shapes and sizes can apply to the Chron'll Fix It competition. Here SONIA SHARMA looks at four groups hoping they will be able to share in the pounds 50,000 giveaway

The Swan Lodge Care Home in North Tyneside is looking to net pounds 5,000 towards a minibus for residents.

The home at Kent Avenue, Howdon, has 42 people, aged between 59 and 99. Administrator Donna Richards said: "We would use the minibus for taking residents out on day trips. It would improve their quality of life a lot.

"It would help to get them out a bit more and take away their boredom, even if it's just to the seaside or park.

"If family members are willing, they could come on the trips as well, alongside a couple of our care assistants and an activities organiser."

The care home, which has been running for nine years, organises activities for the residents such as bingo, entertainment and aerobics.

A new activities organiser is due to start at Swan Lodge next month.

West Wylam Community Centre in Prudhoe, needs about pounds 3,000 to repair the roof of its toilets, which leaks damaging the door, and the cellar ceiling, which has caved in and also has water leaking through, causing the tiles on the walls to fall off and the window frames to rot.

Secretary Gerard Duncan said: "It's in a very bad state at the moment and has been like that for quite a while.

"We have tried to raise money ourselves and have tried to get grants from various sources, but nothing has happened so far. We have not got the money for the repairs."

The centre, on Broomhouse Road, is used by about 300 people of all ages for activities including keep fit, indoor bowls, bingo, dancing and private parties and gatherings.

Mr Duncan added: "The centre opened in 1974 and has been at the heart of the community for a long time.

"It is very important to get the repairs carried out because of health and safety reasons and because so many people use the premises. …

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