YOUNGSTERS at Pershore Riverside Youth Centre are set to don their aprons and whisk up culinary treats following an £800 donation by a leading housebuilder.
Persimmon Homes South Midlands recently donated the cash to the King George’s Way youth club as part of its latest ‘Community Champion’ scheme, to put towards the refurbishment of the club’s kitchen facilities.
A vital feature of the centre, the kitchen was used by more than 3,000 children last year, helping them to practise basic cooking and life skills which can be used as part of their ‘Prince’s Trust XL’ course.
The Community Champions project is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for up to £1,000 of funding to match money that has already been raised.
The initial funding for the kitchen refurbishment came from The Rotary Club of Pershore and Pershore Town Council and the work was carried out by Spirit Construction, based at the Angel Hotel in Pershore.
Alex Mellor, youth club manager said: “As well as being used by youth club members, the kitchen forms the hub of all other activities at the centre, such as the canoe club and sea cadets.
“After ten years, we desperately needed to replace the kitchen worktop and the utensils to bring everything back up to standard.
“This is one very well-used kitchen and with Persimmon’s kind donation, we can make it look as good as new again.”
Carol Selway, head of sales at Persimmon Homes South Midlands said: “The Pershore Riverside Youth Centre is truly at the heart of this community, so we’re very happy to support their on-going work.”