Major donation to help repair popular centre

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A community centre is set to receive a new lease of life thanks to a funding windfall of £19,000.

Cowpen Quay Community Association has been awarded the grant by the SITA Trust so it can re-point the walls at the Buffalo Community Centre in Regent Street, Blyth.

Over the years the walls have been severely damaged by bad weather and the association set up a project to help improve and maintain the building, making it attractive to those who use it.

Foster Burt, chairman of the association, said: “We are delighted to have received the support from SITA Trust.

“The Buffalo Centre is very well used and we need to keep the building in a good state of repair.

“Without SITA Trust’s support this would have been very difficult.”

Eileen Cartie, from the Buffalo Community Centre manager, added: “I am absolutely delighted.

“We have had really bad weather these past few years and it has damaged the fabric of the building.

“ This funding will make the building a lot drier.”

SITA Trust provides funding through its Landfill Communities Fund to projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

Marek Gordon chief executive and chairman of SITA Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2bn.”