Sporting events hoped to boost Yarmouth charity’s appeal

Launch of Centre 81's new £5M community appeal for a new building on the site of their current premi

Launch of Centre 81's new £5M community appeal for a new building on the site of their current premises on Tar Works Road.Patron Lady Philippa Dannatt speaking. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A cycling marathon with a royal flavour is giving a major £5m charity appeal an early boost.

Centre 81 at Great Yarmouth has just launched its vision for a rebuild of its facilities which provide a skills and activities centre for members with a range of disabilities and a base for a busy community transport scheme.

Caister care home Claremont House and Lodge will saddle up as one of the first fundraisers for the £5m appeal on the weekend of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

And a businessman supporter of Centre 81 is re-staging a charity golf day which previously raised £7,000 for the cause, as the community begins to respond to the charity's plea for help towards its target.

The Caister event is a 24-hour bikeathon during Saturday and Sunday June 11-12 as part of Claremont House's events celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.


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Mark Everard of construction company Ovamill previously helped the Centre during his year as captain of Gorleston Golf Club.

Friend Joseph Smith is a member at the Centre and Mr Everard is keen to help the Centre with its appeal, adding: 'They provide a marvellous service and it is important for them to have state-of-the-art facilities.'

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The Ovamill Centre 81 Charity Golf day will be on August 9 with 20 four-person teams tackling 18 holes and enjoying a trick shot demonstration by Dave Edwards at Gorleston Golf Club. Anyone wanting to enter should email mark@ovamill.co.uk or call 01502 470037 by the July 30 entry deadline.

Centre 81's appeal seeks to replace a range of aging second-hand buildings at its Tar Works Road base with a modern purpose-built complex including a community café with roof top terrace providing river views. Funding will be a combination of grant applications and community fundraising.

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