Christmas comes early with lottery windfall for Northumberland community service keeping people fed
Christmas has come early for Hadston House and, more importantly, for all the people who benefit from the services it provides.
The National Lottery has awarded £145,867 over the next three years which will pay for improvements to the building and staffing costs.
Managing director of Hadston House Scott Dickinson said: “People of all ages benefit from the services we have here at Hadston House. It really is the beating heart of the community and we know this money will help us to make things even better.
“Our community cafe serving low cost and delicious meals is open seven days a week and, for those who can't get to the centre, our meals on wheels service delivers around 50 hot, nutritious meals a day.
“Many of the people who received meals on wheels are lonely and isolated so it's not just about the meal; it's about a friendly face at the door which might be the only face the person sees all day.
“We are absolutely delighted. Every service we provide, be it the cafe, meals on wheels, the library, youth club, after school programme and all our other services will benefit.
“We are staffed by some fabulous paid employees supported by an amazing group of volunteers who all want to give something back to support local people. In my view they're worth their weight in gold and I couldn't be happier that their efforts have been recognised.”