Churchgate Showcase donates remaining funds and hand-made bunting to drop in centre

Chruchgate Showcase presentation to the Info Bar in Whiting Street Bury St Edmunds.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160302-212412009
Chruchgate Showcase presentation to the Info Bar in Whiting Street Bury St Edmunds.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160302-212412009

A community organisation which is closing has used its remaining funds to support a drop in centre for adults with learning disabilities.

Churchgate Showcase has donated £800 to The Info Bar to purchase equipment including a Wii U, a tablet and two soup kettles. It has also given 1,000m of bunting - handmade using fabrics donated by local businesses - to decorate the venue.

The organisation was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate fund-raising, cultural and heritage events in the run up to the 2012 Olympics and beyond.

Street fayres, a Christmas fayre, a chilli festival and barn dance were amongst the events organised and funds raised were donated to the Unitarian Meeting House and the Rwandan Olympic Team.

Marian Shaw, chairman of Churchgate Showcase, said: “Once we had taken the decision to close, we needed to donate the remainder of our funds to a good cause in our local area. We’re well aware of the good work The Info Bar does for people with learning disabilities in the town and we’re very pleased to be able to support them.”

The Info Bar, in Whiting Street, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, offers a place to meet, use IT and access specialist training and support. It is run by Suffolk social enterprise Leading Lives, which provides social care support in the home and community for 1,500 adults and their families across the county.

Kate Evans, locality manager for Leading Lives, said: “This grant will make a huge difference to the service we’re able to provide. We’re so grateful to Churchgate Showcase.”