Portable Offices provide a community centre elderly residents in Rhos-on-Sea

A NEW outdoor cabin will change the lives of lonely elderly residents in Rhos-on-Sea.

Rhos-On-Sea residents

A fundraising campaign by residents living on Hanover Court, Rhos Road, means the cabin will now be able to be used as a community centre.

The cabin was paid for by a succession of fundraising events including bingo, coffee mornings, table-top sale and a charity football match last year.

With a kitchen and disabled bathroom included in the facilities the new cabin will offer a safe and close by convenient location for the elderly to enjoy coffee mornings, drink tea and chat.

Those who have helped raise the £6,400 for the facility also hope it can be used for special occasions such as Christmas dinners.

Retired resident Phil Colligan, 60, and partner Barbara Lawson have helped organise the fundraising campaign to pay for the cabin, which was Lottery match-funded, and say it will transform the lives of the residents.

“The cabin is going to be used as a communal place for the elderly residents, who can’t get out and about,” he said.

“It is going to be a coffee morning place where they will be able to meet each other and have a chat.

“The residents are using the community centre at Parkway at the moment. It will mean they will have a communal room nearby without having to get transport and travel.

“It will make a lot of difference as some of them are in their 90s and don’t see anyone. They will be able to have weekly coffee mornings and have a chat and we are planning to have Christmas dinner there.”

Barbara added: “It is wonderful and it will mean all the residents will have somewhere to meet.”

A charity football game saw Longbar City FC Ladies, right, losing 10-4 to Longbar United at a spirited game at Y Morfa Leisure Centre in Kinmel Bay last October. The match was organised by regulars of the Longbar Lounge pub on Sandbank Road in Kinmel Bay raising £900.

A charity auction also helped to raise funds for the portable office last year with signed goods from Coronation Street, Eastenders and boxer Amir Khan.

Article by Richard Evans, North Wales Weekly News

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