A LANCING charity is to launch a community café, thanks to a donation of more than £10,000.
WRVS Chesham House Centre in South Street, Lancing, was donated £12,000 by Sussex Mark Masons.
The donation will go towards the creation of a community café in Chesham House.
Annick Lynn, service manager of Chesham House Centre, said: “We are extremely grateful for this generous gesture – this will make a huge difference to the people of Lancing. This WRVS centre is a much-loved meeting place for older people. The provision of a café will allow us to put in place even more events and activities that we at WRVS provide to enhance the health and well-being of local older residents.”
Although, generally, services at the centre are aimed towards older people, the café, when complete, will be open to the general public.
The donation followed a father-and-son team volunteering at the centre to build a fence.
This led the father, a Mason himself, to put forward Chesham House as a beneficiary.
Sussex Mark Masons later approved the application.
Martin Wilson, provincial grand master of Master Masons of Sussex, said: “There is wonderful work being done here at WRVS. It is a real pleasure to be able to help.”
WRVS Chesham House Centre will hold a vintage tea party on Tuesday, April 30, between 2pm and 5pm, to raise further funds.
Tickets are £5.
To find out more or buy tickets for this event, or to volunteer for WRVS, call Annick on 01903 854640.