A community centre's hopes for a new home in Hanworth were boosted after receiving a £5,000 donation.
Reverend Paul Williamson of St George's Church, Castle Way, Hanworth Park, is behind the fundraising campaign to build a much larger permanent new home for the New Dragon Centre currently located at the church parish office on Blakewood Close.
The donation was presented during a ceremonial event held at the centre last Sunday (3), which was attended by Mayor of Hounslow Corinna Smart, MP for Feltham and Heston Seema Malhotra, Revd Williamson, as well as members of SEGRO, users of the community centre and guests from the church.
Rev Williamson, chairman of The New Dragon Centre, said: “We’re grateful indeed to SEGRO for their donation and their enthusiastic support for our project generally.
"This donation pushes us up to the halfway mark in achieving our fundraising goal; however we are dependent on receiving additional support in future in order to ensure we can continue serving the local community with this important project.”
The centre, which was founded by the church, has been in operation for 20 years serving the people of Hanworth and Feltham with a range of services from beavers and scouts, a youth club running activities from arts and crafts, music lessons and a computer club and providing employment skills and job application guidance.
Neil Impiazzi, SEGRO's partnerships development manager said: “We are pleased to be supporting such an important community centre in an area that is challenged by high levels of deprivation among what is a very young local population.
"The centre has an important role in providing essential services to local residents, and we are one hundred percent committed to supporting such worthwhile and valued community initiatives.”
Construction of the new building is anticipated to begin in the autumn on a site next to St George's church.
Once built the New Dragon Centre plans to use the additional space to expand the number of services it provides to the local community.
To donate call the parish office on 020 8844 0457