Fundraising aims to help get Lancaster community centre back on its feet

Marsh Community Centre in Lancaster
Marsh Community Centre in Lancaster
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Fundraising events including a bungee jump and a charity football match have been organised to raise cash to help Marsh community centre get back on its feet after a vandal smashed up the facility.

Around £3,500 worth of damage was caused to the centre when a 19-year-old man ran amok inside the building last Monday.

The vandalism caused to the kitchen at Marsh Community Centre.

The vandalism caused to the kitchen at Marsh Community Centre.

The centre reopened on Wednesday but money is still needed to pay for repairs. A fundraising page has been set up to help raise the money needed.

Centre manager Rebecca Novell said: “People have really come together over this.

“We have set up a JustGiving page to keep all the money in one place.”

Julie Goulding, whose children use the centre, has volunteered to do a bungee jump in aid of the facility, while local convenience stores Spar and McColl’s, both situated in Willow lane near the centre, are holding a charity football match.

Loss adjustors visited the centre last Thursday and estimated the damage caused at £3,500.

The damage was caused last Monday afternoon. In the kitchen, the cooker was pulled from the floor, the fridge destroyed and other appliances were also damaged.

Furniture was also thrown around the centre, and turps was poured across the floor.

Marsh Community Centre is a lifeline to numerous people on the estate, and is due to hold many events in the coming weeks including a memorial service on August 7 to schoolboy Leon Hoyle, who died last summer. A programme of activities to coincide with the school holidays had also been arranged.

A 19-year-old man arrested at the scene was given a community order with four-month curfew by magistrates after being charged with criminal damage and affray, plus two separate charges of assault.

To donate to the centre, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/debz-hargreaves