Lottery grant boosts fundraising for new community centre

The Pride in Penrith Lottery recently awarded a grant of £1,000 to the St Catherine’s Project Development Fund, who are currently building a small community centre at St Catherine’s church in Drover’s Lane, Penrith. The grant will be put towards new equipment for the centre, which will provide space for activities for the benefit of both the Parish and the local Community.

St Catherine’s Church was built in 1849 and since that time, not much has been added to it, leaving the Parish severely curtailed by lack of space. St Catherine’s Project Development Fund aim to change this with the building of the new community centre, the work on which began in January this year, and which was named after the parish Priest, Father Leo Haydock, who built the church in Drover’s Lane.

Peter Roebuck, Chairman of St Catherine’s Project Development Fund, comments:
“We have been working with the community for a while and have recognised the needs that haven’t previously been addressed and the opportunities to expand existing services. We have a strong group of volunteer parishioners and the fundraising project has opened up a new social side to the parish. We’re looking forward to this continuing and expanding as more of our local community get involved with the project.”

Facilities provided by the new community centre will be open to anyone, irrespective of creed. The project has already identified a need in the area for a mother and toddler group, activities for the disabled, elderly and a youth club; and these are just some of the opportunities that the centre will be able to provide for the local community.

Rob Udale, Lottery Board Chairman commented saying,
“We’re so happy to be able to donate £1,000 to the St Catherine’s Project Development Fund to help towards developing the amazing work they’re doing in our local community.  We have helped many organisations like this in the local area to run community projects, buy new equipment and develop new initiatives, benefiting the whole town.  Without this money a lot of good causes would not have been able to develop, so we thank our members and supporters for their continuing help.”

The Pride in Penrith Lottery continues to be a very worthy cause.  As well as giving Penrith residents the opportunity to win in the weekly prize draw, the money raised from subscriptions helps local initiatives and not for profit organisations raise money for projects that benefit Penrith and the surrounding area.  Since 2010, when the Lottery began they have donated over £24,000 to local good causes.

The Pride in Penrith Lottery is a not-for-profit organisation and is run by volunteers from the town who are all passionate about making a difference to the local area and raising money for local initiatives.  It is really easy to join the Pride in Penrith Lottery.  People can visit the Lottery website and sign up online, or fill out one of the forms which can be found in local shops and through the sales agents (Maggie’s Bakery, The Wine House of Penrith, Booths, Angel Lane Chippy, Sandgate Friary and Town Head Chip shop.)