Community centre’s support from firm

Event organiser Dawn Murray, Jeff Hope, site manager for AkzoNobel, Ethan Phillips with Don the Dulux dog. In the background are community centre chairman Fred Costello, Koast Radio presenter Tracey Thompson and event secretary, Annie Hart.
Event organiser Dawn Murray, Jeff Hope, site manager for AkzoNobel, Ethan Phillips with Don the Dulux dog. In the background are community centre chairman Fred Costello, Koast Radio presenter Tracey Thompson and event secretary, Annie Hart.
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A call of support for funds to redevelop a community centre, has been met with a strong show of support from an Ashington firm.

North Seaton Colliery relies on the community centre as a vitally important outlet for residents of all ages.

To raise funds, a fund raising event – Party In The Park, – was held, which featured games, events and entertainment for people of all ages.

Money raised will be used for the update of the community centre and for a new kitchen area.

AkzoNobel gave a financial donation, brought the famous Dulux dog, organised a colour competition for youngsters, gave away goodie bags, and also provided information on the type of jobs that would be available at the plant as it moves towards production stage.

Company manager Jeff Hope said: “North Seaton Colliery is a very well established community and is close to our plant.

“We were pleased to offer support towards the work required and took the opportunity to have a strong presence at Party In The Park so we could meet many of the residents in a very relaxed, informal setting.”

Event organiser, Dawn Murray, added: “Funding and support is one of the hardest things to find at the moment, so we were delighted that AkzoNobel offered help.

“The most important thing is to get a new kitchen and if we can do that it will help us generate funds via coffee mornings, musical evenings, dance, sport and other social activities.

“It would also allow us to offer residents social support and public information that will enrich the lives of the many, helping to bring together what is already a strong community.”