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Blackpool Boys & Girls Club get funding boost

Written by on 14/04/2021

A Blackpool-based company has presented a cheque for £1,100 to Blackpool Boys & Girls Club to renovate an outdoor area for the benefit of the local community.

RP Tyson Construction is undertaking construction at Blackpool Council’s redevelopment project at Troutbeck Crescent, which will provide a total of 75 new homes for rent through Blackpool Coastal Housing.

As part of the construction contract RP Tyson Construction committed to setting up a Community Fund to support projects and causes in and around the Mereside Estate.

One of the latest recipients of funding are the Blackpool Boys & Girl Clubs, a registered charity that has been providing community services for young people in the town for 85 years.

The club uses a purpose built building on Bowness Avenue in Mereside that offers multi-sport, activities, training and art rooms.

The Blackpool Boys & Girls Clubs were looking to improve and expand the use of their facility for the benefit of the wider community including parent and toddler, knitting nanas and baby sign language sessions so they reached out for funding. Part of their goal was to improve the outdoor area to make it more useable for activities.

Ashleigh Threlfall, Youth Work Manager for Blackpool Boys & Girls Club, said: “Blackpool Boys & Girls Club is delighted to receiving support from Tyson’s Construction. It seems more than serendipitous as Tyson’s where the primary contractor when our centre was significantly modernised and extended back in the year 2000. We will be using the grant to improve the outdoor areas making unused space available by securing the grounds and excavating a plot of land to the side of the premises to make it a usable outdoor activity area.”

Jeremy Whittle, RP Tyson Construction, added: “We are really pleased to be able to support the Blackpool Boys & Girls Club. We know that the team there do a great job within the local community and we hope that this contribution will help in the remodelling of their garden to expand accessibility.”

The redevelopment at Troutbeck Crescent will provide a mix of one bed flats, two and three bed family homes and two bed accessible houses. Works commenced in September 2019 and are progressing well, with completion of the scheme expected in Spring 2022.