Sports centre team’s help for Salvation Army Christmas appeal

Faye Walker, duty manager and lifeguard, Julie Judson from The Salvation Army, Graham Fowler tennis development officer'and Dave Crosby duty manager.
Faye Walker, duty manager and lifeguard, Julie Judson from The Salvation Army, Graham Fowler tennis development officer'and Dave Crosby duty manager.
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Scores of presents have been lined up as people give others a sporting chance this Christmas.

Staff and members at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre are helping to spread festive cheer after donating more than 50 gifts to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.

Everyone should have the opportunity to celebrate this time of year and we all wanted to do our bit to help make someone else’s Christmas special.

Clare Dewhurst

The centre, which is managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active on behalf of Sunderland City Council, has been encouraging local people to show their support for the charity’s national appeal by donating toys and gifts for children, families, older people and the homeless.

Clare Dewhurst, Everyone Active sales manager at the centre, said: “We are so pleased with the amount of donations we’ve received and the number of presents we can provide for those in need this Christmas.”

A £1.2million refurbishment is under way at the centre, including an extension to its gym, a new virtual spin studio, a second dance and group exercise studio and a function suite.

The revamped facilities are due to be unveiled to the public at an opening event in spring 2016.

The Salvation Army, which has centres in Roker, Millfield and in the city centre, has been collecting unwrapped toys and gifts, which are then packaged up and distributed.