A CHARITY has wind in its sails after securing more than £300,000 to expand facilities.
Marine Activities Centre (MAC) is embarking on a £315,000 development project at its base in Sunderland Marina.
The organisation has secured the money thanks to NatWest and the regional Growth Fund’s, Let’s Grow scheme.
The MAC owns and operates Sunderland Marina through a trading subsidiary company.
Any extra funds made by the commercial operation are used to support charitable activities, such as subsidised outdoor and adventure activities for schools, community groups, young people and other organisations.
Pat Murray, chief executive of the MAC, said the investment is aimed at securing long-term sustainability of the charity.
He said: “As the charity receives no revenue funding from local authorities or Central Government and relies entirely on the income it generates from the marina, at a time when local authorities are having to reduce access to this type of provision, it is excellent news that with the help of funding through the Let’s Grow Regional Growth Fund, and guidance through the funding maze from NatWest’s relationship manager Doug McKenzie, we have managed to ensure that the young people of Sunderland can continue to enjoy these positive activities in the future.”
NatWest’s relationship manager Doug McKenzie added: “MAC is a great organisation that offers a wonderful service to groups from across the region. We were happy to support this latest development and wish MAC every success for the future.”