Chance’s piece of animal magic

Abigail Snaith 7, with a baby duck during the fun day at Chance Community Centre in Hendon
Abigail Snaith 7, with a baby duck during the fun day at Chance Community Centre in Hendon
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AN East End charity threw open its doors for a fun day, in a bid to raise awareness of its work.

Chance (Community Help And Neighbourly Care for Everyone), based in Rickaby Street, offers support and training opportunities to residents.

Matthew Sayers 7, with a tortoise during the fun day at Chance Community Centre in Hendon

Matthew Sayers 7, with a tortoise during the fun day at Chance Community Centre in Hendon

Activities included a petting zoo, bouncy castle and people were encouraged to sign up for the numerous courses that Chance offers.

Nicola Jones has been a volunteer at Chance for 10 years.

Nicola, 43, said: “It’s an open day to encourage the people of Hendon and the East End to get involved with Chance and get to know each other.

“We want to find out what the people in the area want, see if they want another course added to our programme.”

Courses available include a knitting group, embroidery club, healthy eating group and a Sit and Fit class, where people can learn a fitness routine to do at their desk or on the sofa.

Also on offer is a lunch club offering a healthy, home-cooked meal for £2 for adults and £1 for children.

The charity has come a long way since its humble beginnings in a flat in the Garths in 1993. After applying for Lottery funding, the charity made Rickaby Street its home and it has been based there for 10 years.