Equipment boost for saved centre

Insp Karen Cunningham, Pc Neil Nevens and volunteers at the community centre.
Insp Karen Cunningham, Pc Neil Nevens and volunteers at the community centre.
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A COMMUNITY centre in Bedlington is celebrating after receiving new equipment.

Officers from the neighbourhood policing team handed over a cheque for £575 to volunteers at Bedlington Community Centre to pay for 16 soft play mats that will be used for local parent and toddler groups and exercise groups in the centre.

Local residents volunteered to re-open Bedlington Community Centre after it was closed, and now the centre is planning future events.

Bedlington neighbourhood beat manager Pc Neil Nevens said: “It’s brilliant residents have come forward and volunteered to get the community centre back open.

“It’s an initiative we support and are happy to get involved with and I’m delighted to be able to hand over the money for the new mats and hope that the community get a lot out of them.”

Eunice Lawson, one of the trustees, said: “Volunteers from Bedlington Community Centre would like to thank the Northumbria Police Charities Fund for their very generous donation of soft play mats.

“These will be an invaluable asset for parent and toddler sessions and exercise groups.

“It’s a project that’s on behalf of the whole community so I’d urge everyone to come along.”

The equipment was paid for by the Northumbria Police Charities Fund.