£60,000 boost to build new community centre at Burnley church

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THE prayers of a church community have been answered after their magnificent fund-raising efforts were boosted by a £60,000 grant to help build a new community centre.

Members of Saint Catherine’s Church, Todmorden Road, Burnley, have raised £30,000 in three years to build a new parish community centre to replace the present, dilapidated, pre-fabricated building.

This amount has now been matched and further doubled by the Diocese of Blackburn through its New Opportunities Fund.

Parish priest Fr Roger Parker said: “The whole community is overjoyed at this news. It is truly an answer to our prayers – we are deeply grateful to the diocese.”

The present centre is a thriving hub of activity serving many in the community including a homeless drop-in service, gentle exercise group, Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association, mums and tots group, lunch club and over-50s club.

Fr Parker added: “At present the state of the old building means activities are somewhat restricted but a new centre will enable greater use of the facilities by local people and full access for those with disabilities.”

Despite the hard work and extra funding, more cash is still needed to build a kitchen in the new centre.

“We serve meals to the homeless, the lunch club members and many others so we hope to have a kitchen fit for purpose,” Fr Parker added.

If people would like to make a donation, they should send cheques payable to “St Catherine’s Community Centre Appeal” to the treasurer, Saint Catherine’s CCA, Todmorden Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 4AB.