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Group wins £5,000 boost

Community: Caitlin Brown, Joy Woodcock and Rachel Cull from St John Ambulance

Community: Caitlin Brown, Joy Woodcock and Rachel Cull from St John Ambulance

A community hall dating back to the 1930s will benefit from a £5,000 boost.

St John’s Ambulance, on Fleet Street, Chorley, has won the Evening Post’s competition with home improvement agency HomeServe for a building makeover.

David Forrest, unit officer at St John’s Ambulance, said: “I’m gobsmacked. I thought we would give it a go but never expected to win.”

The money will now be put towards improving the heating system at their building, which was formerly used as a dance hall.

It now hosts various community groups most days, including dance classes, and St John’s Ambulance twice a week.

Mr Forrest said: “St John’s Ambulance is over 100 years old in Chorley and at the 
moment we have probably got the biggest cadet unit in 
Lancashire.

“We have got a lot of very good cadets who are interested in eventually moving into the NHS. The unit feeds the NHS very well.

“The building is fantastic for the community and does very well, but maintenance is a bit of an issue.

“There are massive pipes and massive radiators and it is probably not as energy efficient as it needs to be.

“Like a lot of groups, St John’s Ambulance haven’t got a lot of money, so to get this is great.”

Member Brian Singleton said: “The heating system is very old and it does get very cold in the winter.”

The Evening Post launched a search for a charity 
organisation or community-based project that really makes a difference to benefit from the work.

Sue Bentley, the Evening Post’s divisional promotions manager, said: “We are 
delighted to announce such worthy winners.”

Work by HomeServe is 
expected to start in the coming weeks.

 

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