A skate club in Ryde has won £5,000 for building materials as part of Jewson Building Better Communities.
John Cattle’s Skate Club has been named as the regional winner, just missing the top prize but still impressing judges. The Club provides skateboarding sessions to almost 200 people from age five and above, improving physical health and self-esteem.
John Cattle, owner of the club said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for Skate Club, and the ongoing support from Jewson. Being awarded £5,000 will help us to fix the roof of our indoor skate park.
“We were worries that all of the leaks may have meant that we wouldn’t be able to run sessions this winter and with more than 100 skaters every week coming to lessons, that would have cause a lot of disappointment. It’s a real peace of mind that we can keep everyone skating.”
The competition was launched in March and saw more than 1800 community projects nominated, which was narrowed down to a shortlist of 59. The shortlist was put to a public vote and following further judging, Jewson announced the winner of the main prize and the final 27 regional winners, who will receive anything from £1,000 to £6,000 to spend on building materials.
Support for Building Better Communities 2016 came from a number of suppliers including British Gypsum, Marshalls, VELUX, Polypipe and Tarmac.
Marketing director at Jewson, David Fenton said: “A massive congratulations to all of the winning Building Better Communities projects! We received a huge number of entries and a record number of votes via Facebook so it’s a great achievement for the winners and we can’t wait to see the work take place.
“We recognise that there are community buildings across the UK in need of some care and attention, so we upped the prize for 2016 to ensure that we help turn these buildings into spaces that entire communities can enjoy.”