Centre in restoration mission

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Staff at a community centre in the heart of Ilkeston are on an 18-month mission to restore the building.

The three staff at the Cantelupe Centre, in the Market Place, are appealing for volunteers and items to enable them to complete the work.

Local businesses and organisations have been chipping in to help the cause, with Derbyshire County Council recently awarding the centre a grant for £500.

Centre administrator, Kate Kirk, said the money will go towards painting the outside of the building, which they plan to do themselves to cut costs.

She said: “We’re all digging our heels in to try and get it running properly again.”

The staff are now appealing for volunteers to help with painting and also any donations of items to help get the centre, used as a base for youth clubs and pre-school, back on its feet.

Mrs Kirk has indicated a long list of items needed including mops, buckets, vacuums, curtains, paint brushes, bins and fridges.

“They’re simple little things but we’re struggling to afford them,” she said.

“We’re in a position at the moment where we need to replace the floor but we’re just waiting for money to come in so that we can do it.”

Ilkeston Joinery recently supported the centre by giving the rotting windows a makeover and the Co-operative Group have also funded new up-to-date fire doors.

Mrs Kirk said: “Thank you to everyone for their support, we are grateful for all donations and help.”

The Cantelupe Centre is a non-profit registered charity that has resided in the Market Place since the 1970s.

It can be hired for anything from parties to training courses.

To contact the centre about volunteering or donations, or for booking enquiries, contact them on 01159321329.