Community centre and school benefit from plumb awards

Ruth Winston Centre and Southbury Primary School handed thousands of pounds by local plumbing supplier to help improve their facilities

Andrew Ingram, managing director of TG Lynes (left) presents Maria Ortiz Vega from Ruth Winston Community Centre with a £10,000 cheque
Andrew Ingram, managing director of TG Lynes (left) presents Maria Ortiz Vega from Ruth Winston Centre with a £10,000 cheque

A community centre and a school are set to make significant improvements to their facilities after being awarded a share of a £15,000 community fund.

Ruth Winston Centre in Palmers Green was awarded £10,000 worth of materials and labour through the ‘Helping Hands’ campaign led by plumbing and heating supplier TG Lynes.

Southbury Primary School is also celebrating after securing £5,000 worth of support.

The good causes were chosen by a team of TG Lynes judges, from dozens of local applications. The company launched Helping Hands to support good causes close to its Enfield headquarters.

Maria Ortiz Vega, manager at Ruth Winston Centre, said: “We are overwhelmed to secure this funding.

“We have over 500 members from across the Enfield borough area and provide a bright, welcoming environment where people from all walks of life can join in a wide range of activities, from tai chi to lessons in using smartphones.

“This generous funding from TG Lynes will help us to improve facilities for our disabled users and also to make an additional activity space available for the community.

“Fundraising is always tough so to have the backing of a significant local business like TG Lynes is really encouraging.”

Southbury Primary School, in Swansea Road, faces a constant battle to maintain its building, parts of which are over a century old. The school will use its £5,000 award to make repairs to walls, gates, water fountains and toilets.

Headteacher Rebecca Panteli said: “We are determined to provide the very best environment possible for our 420 pupils, but it is no secret that school budgets are a challenge.

“To receive the support of TG Lynes means so much and will make a significant difference.”

TG Lynes moved to Brimsdown 21 years ago. Managing Director Andrew Ingram said: “We are proud of our Enfield roots and the majority of our employees come from the local area so it’s a campaign that really resonates throughout the business.

“Naturally, we want to do what we can to support the community and Helping Hands gives us the opportunity to make a tangible difference.

“Having visited both The Ruth Winston Community Centre and Southbury Primary School myself, I know these are two very worthy causes and both are committed to providing the very best facilities. I know they will use their funding wisely for the benefit of their users.”

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