Help paint a brighter future for vital Preston community centre

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A Preston-based community centre is hoping to paint a brighter future after reaching the final of a national competition.

The Farringdon Park Community Centre, based in Thirlmere Road, is one of four finalists competing for the makeover prize in the Johnstone’s Paint Community Spirit campaign.

Farringdon Park Community Centre

Farringdon Park Community Centre

And now the centre is hoping to come out on top in a public vote to win the competition.

Community projects around the UK were invited to submit applications to the competition, with the winner receiving a redecoration of their facility.

More than 50 entries from projects around the UK were received, with a judging panel selecting four for the shortlist based on criteria such as the impact the project has on the community and the urgency for redecoration.

Farringdon Park Community Centre is a volunteer-run venue which provides facilities for the whole community and allows residents to learn new skills.

Dot Halliwell, secretary of the Residents Association of Farringdon and Thirlmere, believes winning a complete redecoration of their facility would provide a huge boost to residents.

“The Centre has been closed for 18 months but we have now had permission from Preston City Council to re-open it and it will be run by volunteers,” said Dot.

“The centre needs a lot of work done to it so if we were to win the Johnstone’s Paint first prize, it would be a major boost for everyone.”

Farringdon Park Community Centre’s quest to win the Community Spirit campaign has also received the support of Preston North End Football Club, who have reached the Northern Area Finals of this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Preston midfielder John Welsh, who visited the centre with team-mates to back Farringdon Park Community Centre’s bid for success, said: “This centre is absolutely crucial for all of the residents in this area so I’m desperately hoping they win the Johnstone’s Paint Community Spirit competition.

“I will certainly be voting for Farringdon Park and I would urge everyone else to do the same.”

To vote for Farringdon Park Community Centre, visit before February 13. Anyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw from which the winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley on March 22.

The other shortlisted finalists are based in Milton Keynes, Portsmouth and Dagenham.