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An Aberdeen community centre is set to benefit to the tune of £50,000

07/12/12

Inchgarth Community Centre has been announced as the winner of the Aberdeen Airport Trust Challenge Fund 2012. Airport MD Derek Provan was on hand, along with some of the Airport Community Panel, at a special meeting of the centre's board and membership last night to give them the good news and hand over the cheque.

The donation has been identified to completely regenerate a part of the centre, building a new café, homework and meeting zone, and improving the reception area, allowing the group that runs the centre to open their doors to more of the community.

The vision of their project is to create a learning café and hub which will become the first point of contact with every user. The entire ethos is to enable, educate and train people with disabilities, young people, people with mental health issues and retired people to fulfil their potential and improve the quality of their lives while providing an environmentally positive product and sustainable facility.

The centre in Garthdee in Aberdeen was selected as winner of what is known as the "50k give-away" after a rigorous selection process which saw a record number of applications. The panel of judges was looking for a project or detailed one-off initiative which took the opportunity to make a dream come true for the community.

Sarah Campbell is chair of the Community Panel. "Being able to make this announcement in front of so many people last night was incredibly satisfying. The decision to award Inchgarth this donation was made by an independent panel – all of whom agreed that a donation of this size would make a world of difference to this centre. We are all looking forward to seeing the changes taking shape and watching while the surrounding communities really start to feel the benefits of this award"

Paul O'Connor is from the Community Centre. He said "This is the single largest donation any company has given our community centre, maybe even any Aberdeen community centre – and it is among the largest donations to a charitable association in the city this year. It will make a long lasting difference and change many lives and we cannot express our thanks strongly enough to the Airport Community Panel."

Work is due to begin on the project at the start of 2013.

More information on the Trust can be found by going to www.aberdeenairport.com/community