Building Society helping local Over 60s club to keep members active

An Over-60s club has gained a brand new mat for short mat bowls, thanks in part to a donation from Earl Shilton Building Society.

Sharnford Over-60s Youth Club, in Blaby District, offers older members of the local community the chance to relive their Youth Club days and keep active, whilst participating in activities including table tennis, darts, bowls, Bridge and video games.

The club’s organiser Derek Gibbons issued an appeal in December for donations towards a new bowls mat, after the second-hand mat that the club owned became too worn for use.

Earl Shilton Building Society responded with a pledge and, with further support from Sharnford Parish Council, Blaby District Council and other donors, sufficient funds were raised for a new mat to be purchased.

Mr Gibbons said: “On behalf of Sharnford Over 60s Youth Club I would like to say how much we appreciate the support given by Earl Shilton Building Society. We were previously unaware of the availability of the ‘In the community’ fund but it is wonderful that the Society looks for such involvement. It makes such a difference and I was delighted to learn of it as I searched for contributions we needed to replace our very old mat.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of Earl Shilton Building Society, added: “We are pleased to be supporting Sharnford Over-60s Youth Club in continuing to offer a range of activities to their members. This is a community-driven project which gives older people in the area an opportunity to socialise and keep fit, both of which are vitally important to enjoying a good quality of life.

“After speaking to Derek about the Club and gaining an appreciation of what it offers locally, we knew that raising funds for the bowls mat was something we wanted to play our part in, and we are delighted that the Club’s members will now be able to enjoy this activity going forward.”

Earl Shilton Building Society is continuing to offer charitable funding to worthy causes across the local area in 2017, through its ‘In the community’ scheme.

All types of community groups, charitable organisations, teams, clubs and schools can take part. However, to ensure the scheme remains truly local, applications will only be accepted from the following postcode areas; LE, CV9 to 13 and DE11 to 15.

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