A new outdoor centre is being opened in Northumberland National Park for girlguides from the borough.
Girlguiding North Tyneside will open its new residential outdoor centre and campsite, called Cheviot View, at Kirknewton next month after its own fundraising efforts and a loan from Charity Bank.
Girlguiding North Tyneside raised £265,000 and were supported by a loan for £75,000 from Charity Bank.
Cheviot View Outdoor Centre will be two storeys with five bedrooms, a kitchen, sitting room and a large activity room. It will accommodate up to 36 people while the adjacent field will provide camping facilities.
The chairman of Girlguiding North Tyneside Trustees, Vivienne Barke, said: “Cheviot View will provide a fantastic facility for our guides. We’re delighted with how much we were raised by fundraising. I also want to thank Charity Bank for their involvement.”
Jeremy Ince, lending manager north for Charity Bank, said: “We look for two things, predominantly, when considering lending to charities and other social sector organisations.
“First, the project to be funded must generate a significant positive social impact.
“Second, the organisation must be able to demonstrate that it can repay the loan. Girlguiding North Tyneside satisfies both criteria.
“Cheviot View will enable girls and young women who live in city centre locations to engage in outdoor activities in a rural setting. Girlguiding aims to build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations, and Cheviot View will certainly help them do this.”