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Local community centre receives £30,000 donation from the Asda Foundation

Donation will be used to fund a lift within the centre’s new extension.

September 8, 2016 03:37pm
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The Torrent Complex in Donaghmore, Northern Ireland is set to benefit from a donation of £30,000 from the Asda Foundation, the companys charitable trust established to support good causes in local communities.

The centre, which has been in operation since 2009 and is managed by the Donaghmore District Community Association, was designed to help stimulate regeneration and enhance community life in the area.

The sizeable donation from Asda will be used to fund a lift within the centre’s new extension. Chair of Donaghmore District Community Association Darren Torres explains:

“The lift funded by the Asda Foundation will form a crucial part of a new wing within the centre, which we will use to expand the number of services offered at the Torrent Complex. As well as housing much needed storage space for the countless number of community groups and classes which meet throughout the centre, the new extension will include a number of multi-purpose meeting rooms. Having recently become one of only sixteen Healthy Living Centres within an NI Alliance, the Complex will use these new spaces to host a range of innovative health and social care services in collaboration with the Integrated Care Partnership.

These will include a GP referral service for a range of patients, physical rehabilitation support for those recovering from a stroke, support services for people with a physical disability or learning disability, and Citizens Advice Bureau services for those with long term health conditions - offering free and impartial advice regarding benefits and employment.

The new lift will be essential for access to these new facilities and of vital importance for our elderly visitors and parents with young children, so we just can’t express how grateful we are to the Asda Foundation for its support.”

Asda Cookstown’s Community Life Champion, Janice Gibson commented on the donation: “The Torrent Complex has established itself as a real hub within the community, housing everything from amateur dramatics to the local GAA club. I’m thrilled that the Asda Foundation has been able to support its plans for the future – it will really make such a difference! Congratulations to the Torrent Complex and I can’t wait to see the new lift in action!”

Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council said “Mid Ulster District Council is delighted to see support for this initiative, which by helping to maintain access to vital community services will contribute to the health and well-being of our local residents.”

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