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Monday, 06 July 2015

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New chapter begins for West House

A NOVEL idea which benefited the community for six years is ready for the next chapter.

QUIDS IN: The presentation to West House at Catherine Mill, Whitehaven. At the presentation was Copeland MP Jamie Reed

By Lucy Grosvenor

A charity book club formed by a group of Sellafield Ltd employees has raised over £4,000 by selling donated books and DVDs.

Numbers have dwindled over the years and the last remaining member, Chris Carruthers said: “With everyone reading on iPads and Kindles not many people want to pick up a second hand book nowadays.

“I feel a sense of achievement looking at what we done over the years.”

A final donation from the book club was made to the West House project at Catherine Mill in Whitehaven, which offers care for older people with complex physical and behavioural needs.

Dot Hilhouse, a senior member at West House said: “The people who use our services need one-to-one support and we are so grateful for the money donated by Sellafield.

“It will enable us to take individuals on holiday and give parents and carers a break.”

The story continues as Sellafield Ltd apprentices will be taking over the reins and raising money for three different charities in the next year, including the West House Project.

Jack Hodgson, one of the four new fundraising apprentices, said: “We wanted to raise money for local charities so we could see how it was making a difference.

“West House doesn’t have much publicity so we need to work hard to make sure the volunteers can continue their hard work.”

Katie Park, Andrew Smith and Ryan Woodburn, along with Jack, will be doing a skydive in the next couple of months to start their charity work on a high.

Copeland MP Jamie Reed was at the event in Catherine Mill.

He said: “We need to do more to recognise the need of West House in the community, who are doing a fantastic job.

“I think more young people need to get behind local charities and the work of the Sellafield Ltd apprentices will make a great difference to people in the community.”


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