Group out to raise cash for new home

A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched in the borough to provide a new home for a community group.

Members of Holy Cross Community Connect have been temporarily sharing the Richmond Gardens Recreation Room in Howdon since their old building in St Cuthbert’s Road was knocked down.

Now the group is looking to raise £25,000 to set up two portable units on the estate, however, in the hope of one day securing funding for a permanent building.

Group chairman Stephen Drury said: “Our old building was badly damaged in a fire and had to be knocked down, so we have been sharing a room with four other groups at the Richmond centre.

“We want to be able to bring the community together in one place and hold activities for youngsters as there is nothing for them to do in the area, as well as elderly people.”

Secretary Susan Barnell added: “We are really isolated where we live because there is nothing to bring everyone together.

“The room we are using at the moment is too small for the amount of people that need to use it, and we can’t put on the activities that we want to be able to put on.

“We are hoping to one day have our own centre like Battle Hill and Howdon do, and we hope that residents and businesses will be able to help us in our fundraising to get the money we need to get off the ground.”

The group has been raising money by holding coffee mornings and bingo nights, and it has another fundraiser lined up for tomorrow.

A charity night, featuring a concert by the Ska-Toons, is being held at Wallsend Labour Club, in Camberley Road.

Tickets, priced at £5, are available from the centre or by calling 0779 004 4249.