Scarborough church receives funding to help with new community space

A Scarborough based church has benefitted from a £2,500 donation from a local, family run supermarket.

Queen Street Methodist Central Hall received the donation from the Proudfoot Group, who have four supermarkets in the town based in Newby, Eastfield, Seamer and Manham Hill, after responding to the Hall’s recent appeal for support to help fund catering equipment for their new Cornerstone community hub space.

Applying for the grant via Nisa’s charitable giving scheme, the donation will help towards the purchase of items including a new kitchen, catering oven, coffee machine and coffee bar inside the church and an area within the entrance hall where refreshments will be offered at community events held in the car park.

Valerie Aston, Director at the Proudfoot Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Queen Street Methodist Central Hall with this donation via Making a Difference Locally and we hope the new community hub and catering facilities will benefit many local people and groups for years to come.”

Nisa’s registered charity, Making a Difference Locally (MADL) raises funds in Nisa partner stores from sales of all Co-op and Heritage own-label products, a percentage of which goes into a virtual fund for retailers to donate. Additional funds can also be raised via in-store collecting tins, coin spinners and clothing banks and stores are then able to donate these funds to a local charity or good cause of their choice within a 10 mile radius, ensuring money raised will benefit the local community.

Carol Evans, Queen Street Church Council Secretary, said: “We are excited to be launching Cornerstone; a community hub where people can meet, eat and drink. Through Cornerstone, we will be able to serve refreshments for a wide range of groups and events. 

“We are now keen to complete this project and the building work is nearing completion, however due to a number of factors the building costs have increased, and so we are in need of further funds for the equipment needed to enable us to provide meals and drinks.”

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