Drinks giant and store in centre work

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A COMMUNITY facility in Blyth has benefited from the combined work between a local convenience store and a world-wide soft drinks manufacturer.

Briardale Community and Training Centre worked with the NISA Local store in Brierley Road and drinks giant Coca-Cola on projects at the facility.

The ‘labour for the day’ event, was supplied free by Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in the form of 30 volunteer employees.

And North East Convenience Stores, which operates NISA, supplied materials and tools to carry out the work, which included the creation of a pond area, a teen shelter, a toddlers’ play area and a summer house.

Briardale centre manager Jean Bell said: “We were thrilled to be chosen to benefit from this.

“It came totally out of the blue and will make a big difference to the users of the centre.

“The generosity shown by both organisations is fantastic.”

Sanjeev Vadhera, a director at NECS, said: “From time to time we look at ways in which we can make charitable donations via our charity ‘Making a Difference’ to local groups and organisations who do good work in the community.

“When our colleagues from Coca-Cola suggested we combine on a day of charitable work, we came up with the suggestion of helping the Briardale Community and Training Centre with a ‘face-lift’ in various areas outside its premises.”