Store helps to give South Shields centre £21,000 spruce-up

DELIGHT ...Charles Young centre users are delighted after Asda gives �21,000 for revamp work.
DELIGHT ...Charles Young centre users are delighted after Asda gives �21,000 for revamp work.

A TIRED-looking community building which was in vital need of repair has been given a new look, thanks to a South Tyneside supermarket.

The Charles Young Centre in Talbot Road, South Shields, has been given a revamp thanks to a £21,000 grant injection by Asda.

The cash was used to spruce up the building with new carpets and decor, lower the ceiling in the main room and strengthen the stage. On Friday, members of the centre were invited to a special event to celebrate the completion of the work that has been carried out to improve the building.

Deputy chairman of the centre, Noreen Willett, said: “We have been able to carry out a lot of changes to the centre for the better. But the main changes have been to the hall, where the money from Asda’s helped us a lot.

“It has been a fantastic opening day, and everyone has been overwhelmed by the improvements that have been carried out and the help we have received from everyone.

“And we really can’t thank Asda enough – they have really been very good to us.

“They even helped with the cost of the buffet for our open day!”

The grant was made possible after a visit to the centre from Asda South Shields Community life champion Mavis Maughan, who was delivering a £50 cheque to the centre, opened in 1982 by Olympic athlete Steve Cram, after it came second in a green token fundraising contest.

It was during her visit she realised the place was in desperate need of a revamp, and referred them to the Asda Foundation. As well as work to the main hall, the centre’s kitchen and toilets were also given a revamp after the committee was successful in other grant applications.

Mavis, who visited the centre with acting manager Angela Lawson, said: “It was a great to finally see the improvements that have been carried out, and to see what the money the Asda Foundation has handed over has been spent on.

“The committee and the members seemed to be really pleased with what has been achieved. It’s just a really nice feeling to know we have been able to help them.”

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