Church Coombe Community Association in Uckfield receive cash boost

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A RECENTLY formed community group was presented with a cheque late last month which will enable organisers to lay on a series of events for residents.

The Founding Fathers from Uckfield Rugby Football Club presented the cheque for £500 to the Church Coombe Community Association on Friday, November 25.

The money is intended to help young people who live on the Church Coombe Estate.

The cheque was presented to Ian Stonebrook at the Source Youth Centre.

There were also members of the Founding Fathers, Alan Todd, Pete Jordan, Jerry Miller, Tony Keogh and Roger Hazell.

This is the second financial award to the association in recent months.

The Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team recently donated £250 to them to help fund activities for children in the area.

A local police spokesman said: “It’s great to be able to hand over the cheque to help local youth. The Residents’ Association is working hard to make improvements to the area and I’m sure people are delighted with the progress they have made in such a short time.”

The donation came from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) and was made up of money received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

The Association was first set up in March this year and has since made great strides towards improving life for local people.

Val West who runs the Church Coombe Community Association’s youth sub-committee told the Express: “This money will help us pay for lots of events we have already planned. These include a fabulous Christmas party taking place on December 20.”

Val explained that three pilot sessions for young people have already been held and proved very successful.

She’s hoping that some of the money can go towards outings next year and she was delighted at how beneficial both police and the Founding Fathers have proved to be towards the community at large.