The Le Marie Centre in Watford is the base for 5 local charities – including mencap and the stroke association – they also have a room which can be used by local community groups. The local stores have been helping with decorating the centre and we donated £2,671.49 to complete the job.
This is a cricket club with a difference. It is the only one in the area which can accommodate both male and female and also the local six comprehensive schools and one primary school.
They have just been granted £285,000 for a full refurbishment of the club from the Big Society but not included in the grant was the funds to create an entrance and provide easy access to the local disabled users. The £6,500 will be used to include disabled access and then the club will be available to all.
The Watford New Hope Trust operates 15 different services for the homeless and vulnerable people in Watford and the surrounding areas. They are always looking at ways to raise funds to help with their operating costs.
They have had a piece of land donated by the local council and they are looking at growing plants, flowers, herbs and vegetables. This will all be managed by the centre with the involvement of many of their residents to help build self-esteem .
The Asda Foundation donated £22,000. All items that are grown will then be sold in their charity shop and the money will be reinvested in the charity. They now have all funds to get the project started.
This centre not only offers gymnastics training at low cost for the local community but also other activities for all ages of the local community. These include circus classes, trapeze, acrobatics, floor gymnastics, high bar and balance beam – to name just a few!
The donation of £8,669 from the Asda Foundation will buy much needed equipment.