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Trust grant for centre at the heart of the community

Walton Street centre

Walton Street centre picA community centre in the heart of west Hull has been awarded £904 from the Neil Hudgell Trust to improve equipment and provide better facilities for people of all ages.
Walton Street Community and Leisure Association, which has been a registered charity for more than 20 years, is run by volunteers and its only funding comes from sporting and leisure groups who use it on a regular basis.
The group’s Walton Street Leisure Centre base in nearby Goathland Close is home to roller disco events for children, football, netball and badminton groups, English lessons, coffee mornings, a miniature railway club, boxing sessions, and table tennis classes.
Now, the grant from the trust has enabled the group to buy a new table tennis table, 10 new sets of roller skates and a baby changing unit.
Volunteers Brian and Jean Addey, Malcolm Scrimshaw, Rita Goodare and other coordinators dedicate their spare time to ensure the centre is a base for everyone.
Jean, 63, of west Hull, who has volunteered at the centre for more than three decades, said: “We are so pleased to receive this grant and it really is a load off our minds because we normally pay for it ourselves and it comes out of our own pockets just so we can keep going.
“Now, more people can enjoy the facilities and it’s going to make a big difference.
“You change a baby wherever possible, but we have needed a changing unit for so long and they cost more than £100.
“To have one now is wonderful.
“The trust is doing a marvellous job and I don’t know where we would be without things like this.
“Grants like these go a long way in the voluntary sector. We are all volunteers and we are so grateful.”
The charity uses the money it receives from groups to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the building, as well as sometimes replacing worn out equipment.
They also open their car park to football fans at a cost of £5 on match days, raising extra funds to cover their winter bills.
Jean, a grandmother of three, said: “People who use the centre pay a month in advance and have a key to let themselves in during the hours they want, so that’s how we keep going.
“We don’t want to price people out, so we try and make it as affordable as possible, while keeping our doors open.
“Sometimes, parents can’t afford to send their children to us, so we have been known to pay out of our own pockets to keep them going over the years.
“My own children have been to the centre and brought their friends, but they have grown up now.
“Some have been coming for 30 years and now bring their children. To see them grow up is lovely and I class them all as my children.
“It’s a struggle to keep the centre going, but we feel strongly about it and for the children who use it too.
“It’s nice to help them along the way.”
A total of £100,000 is available from the Neil Hudgell Trust over a 12-month period and groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000.
Discretionary grants are also considered for those who the panel feel are deserving of support but do not fit into the standard criteria.
Jo Hudgell, chair of the trust, said: “The aim of the Neil Hudgell Trust is to give something back to the community and this is exactly what we have been able to do here.
“The volunteers at Walton Street Community and Leisure Association work tirelessly to make sure there is plenty on offer in this area of west Hull and we hope this grant will make things a little easier for them.
“It’s a great space for activities for all age groups and we hope it continues for many years to come.”
Visit here for more information about the Neil Hudgell Trust.

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