Scarborough charity celebrates funding win

24 November 2023

A community charity in the village of Cayton just outside Scarborough is celebrating after welcoming a donation from our Yorkshire region.

The volunteer run Cayton Community Drop In, hosts weekly drop-in sessions for residents at the village’s Jubilee Hall.

Around 50 people a week come together to socialise, play games and enjoy the free refreshments on offer provided by a team of volunteers.

The charity has welcomed the donation after successfully applying to Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative which provides funding to local charities and community groups.

Volunteers including Deputy Leader of North Yorkshire Council. Councillor Roberta Swiers, hosted representatives from Persimmon to formally take receipt of a cheque for £1,000.

The funds from Persimmon will support the drop-in with their day-to-day operating costs through winter.

Brigit Armitage of the Cayton Community Drop In said: “This donation will enable Cayton Community Drop In to continue building on its good work in reaching isolated members of the Community.

“It is vital that people of all ages, especially towards the wintertime, feel that they have somewhere to come to, meet other people and get support.”

Councillor Roberta Swiers, Deputy Leader North Yorkshire Council and Deputy Chair of Cayton Parish Council said: “The Community Drop In has gone from strength to strength, with different people coming together and making friendships and helping each other.

“We are a close community, and this will help this drop-in continue through the winter and help lots of residents in the cost-of-living crisis. Once again, a massive thank you.”

Graham Whiteford, Planning Manager, Persimmon Yorkshire region, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Cayton Community Drop In and meet the team of volunteers.

“It’s great to be able support fantastic community initiatives like this and we hope this donation helps the group continue its work through the winter.”

Pictured: Sue Barber, Bridgit Armitage, Kath Baker, Eleanor Duckitt, Councillor Roberta Swiers and Graham Whiteford, Planning Manager Persimmon Yorkshire.

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