Kind hearted youngsters fundraise to brighten up communal garden
Published by Craig Downs for Cestria Community Housing in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Pictured left to right: Dean Elder and Kayley Thompson. Back l-r Jimmy Angel, Sam Brown, Marina Sewell (resident), Dan Walker, Susan Armstrong (resident) and Sam Bancroft
Kind youngsters from the Prince’s Trust dug deep to renovate the communal garden area at a sheltered housing scheme run by Cestria Community Housing.
The 10-strong group, which meets at the Brockwell Centre in Pelton Fell, took part in a bike ride from Consett to Sunderland and raised £200 to buy new plants, paint and compost for the garden at nearby Shelley Court.
The 18-19 year olds raised sponsorship money from friends and family for the 25-mile ride.
Then they spent three days tidying up the garden, putting the new plants in and painting the decking and plant pots - to the delight of the scheme’s 25 residents.
Their efforts have helped to transform the garden into a much loved space for residents of Shelley Court.
Local Prince’s Trust group leader Dean Elder, said: “Our group is always looking for new ways we can put the skills and enthusiasm of its young people to good use - and we try particularly hard to help local causes where we can. I spoke to Shelley Court’s resident’s group to see if there was anything we could help with and they identified the garden as needing a bit of a makeover. We were only too happy to help.”
Mark Shaw, Sheltered Housing Co-Ordinator, said: “The hard work and kindness of this group of young people has made a real difference to the garden area at Shelley Court. It’s also done wonders for relations between the generations in this local community. It’s brought two groups of very different ages together and been an opportunity for each to learn to value the other.”