‘BANG on the drum’ and ‘knock at the door’, a Birmingham International Airport grant is certainly not ‘unlucky for some’ after helping to fund brand new equipment at a local day centre, including a pa system for bingo.
The cash windfall will help ensure some of the borough’s elderly residents enjoy an extra-special Christmas, with the £1,500 grant also helping to buy a state-of-the-art computer and replacement wheelchairs at the St Leonards Day Centre, in Marston Green.
With the economic crunch biting, the airport grant couldn’t have come at a better time for the day centre, which offers much needed support for over 65s who live on their own. The centre is open three days a week and is available to those who live in Marston Green and the surrounding areas, providing three meals a day as well as many social activities and days out.
Established in 1991, the service has become a lifeline for many, offering support and a social network for those who would otherwise be house bound.
Andy Holding, BIA’s community affairs manager, said: “This grant once again highlights the wide range of projects the scheme supports and we are particularly delighted to be helping St Leonards Day Centre, which provides a priceless service.
“The grant will pay for new and updated facilities at the day centre and will ensure that this Christmas will be one to remember.”
Rick Smallwood, St Leonards Day Centre, said, “As soon as we found out about the airport’s community trust fund scheme we didn’t hesitate to apply and are delighted to have been successful. The money will allow us to replace wheelchairs, purchase a new computer with internet access and a pa system for bingo and quizzes, all of which we would have been unable to buy without the grant.
“With Christmas just round the corner it couldn’t have been a better time for us to get the money to purchase this new equipment.”
BIA’s Community Trust Fund, created a decade ago, has already handed grants to over 400 projects, totalling nearly £900,000, with recipients varying from dance clubs to scout groups.