Ringtons cash boost for day centre in Tynemouth

Tynemouth Village Day Centre has received a donation of £6,820 from staff at Newcastle-based tea and coffee company Ringtons with match funding from the Ringtons Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

As its Charity of the Year in 2016-17, staff at Ringtons raised £3,410 through fundraising by staff at Ringtons’ head office in Byker, Newcastle and its factory in North Tyneside.  The gift was match funded by the Ringtons Community Fund at the Community Foundation enabling the centre to provide even more activities for older people in North Tyneside.

The centre provides day care for the elderly with transport to and from home. As well as entertainment, games, and a chance to socialise with friends, older people are served a home cooked meal and often visit local landmarks with bus trips around the region.

Sarah Brookes, the centre supervisor said:

“We’re delighted to have been chosen as Ringtons’ Charity of the Year and thank Ringtons and the Community Foundation for this wonderful donation.

“We offer support for the over 60s who feel that they would benefit from social interaction with others and the opportunity to get out of the house, make new friends and take part in different activities. Our members include people who are socially isolated, people with memory problems, mobility problems or who attend for carer relief. This donation will allow us to provide the best quality care at an affordable price.”

Colin Smith, Managing Director of Production Division at Ringtons, said:  “Tynemouth Village Day Centre is a wonderful charity in the heart of our community. We’re delighted to be able to support our staff by match funding their fundraising efforts, ensuring that their donation can go further.

“For many people at the centre, a cup of tea and a biscuit is one of the first things that is offered to them as they walk in. We’re keen to show that Ringtons is more than just tea and biscuits, we’re an organisation that cares about its staff, customers and the area in which we work.”Gill Lowing, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation added: “We’re happy to support Ringtons staff by offering a £1 for £1 match from the Ringtons Community Fund at the Community Foundation to ensure that the money can go further. For many older people in Tynemouth this centre is a real social hub, and we’re keen to see it thrive and continue its good work.”

Ringtons established an endowment fund at the Community Foundation in 1996 to ensure that the local community benefits from funding in perpetuity. The purpose of the fund is to support families, women, older people, those with disabilities and disadvantaged people.

For more information about funding at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk

Posted on 23/06/2017 @ 2:51 pm
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