Sunderland youth camp group benefits from Big Lottery cash

Finalists in the Echo's Do a Lotto Good campaign, the St Gabriel's Camp Group with joint camp committee members Alan Henderson, Tim Galloway and Margaret Humble front.
Finalists in the Echo's Do a Lotto Good campaign, the St Gabriel's Camp Group with joint camp committee members Alan Henderson, Tim Galloway and Margaret Humble front.
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MORE youngsters are set to enjoy the great outdoors after a 101-year-old group was handed thousands of pounds in funding.

St Gabriel’s Camp Group has been awarded £18,320, which will allow it to press on with its improvement plans a year ahead of schedule.

It was one of 14 charities and community groups to win a share of £250,000, handed out as part of the Echo’s Do a Lotto Good drive. We joined forces with the Big Lottery Fund to hand out grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to community and not-for-profit organisations, parish and town councils, health bodies and schools, with readers asked to vote on a shortlist.

Chairman Alan Henderson said: “These improvements have been at the planning stage for the last two years, with funding being essential to progress.”

The group plans to fit out a container so all the gas, water and electrics are concentrated in one area.

It means the Barnes-based group will comply with regulations and insurance requirements. An additional water heater will be provided, current catering equipment will be fitted permanently into the container and a section will be partitioned off as a tuck shop.

The food preparation area will be a tented or awning attached to the container. The old cookhouse will be used as an area for pool and table tennis and house a new PA system for evening singalongs.