Company gives £800 boost to art group

Rio Tinto Alcan donate �800 to Northern Butterflies group.
Rio Tinto Alcan donate �800 to Northern Butterflies group.

LYNEMOUTH’s defunct Rio Tinto Alcan aluminium plant is helping people with disabilities to get crafty after giving £800 to an art group.

The Northern Butterflies group, based at Seaton Sluice Community Centre, helps disabled people contribute to arts projects.

The donation paid for a professional artist to run a glass and ceramic workshop for the group’s ten members, as well as buying craft materials including glass paints, perspex and clay.

Samantha Goodlet, the group’s artistic director, said: “We’d like to thank Rio Tinto Alcan for its support with this donation.

“Finding funding for activities can be difficult, especially in today’s tough economic climate, so support such as this is really vital for us and helps us to continue our work with individuals and communities throughout Northumberland.”

John McCabe, regional economic development director for Rio Tinto Alcan, said: “It has been a pleasure to be able to support the Northern Butterflies group and its important work in the community.”