Bridport Leisure Centre raises money for local day service

Bridport Leisure Centre has joined forces with a local business to raise money to pay for equipment and activities for the Bridport Connect day service.

The centre raised £150 by holding a festive Christmas raffle throughout December, which has been matched by Heavers of Bridport, who supply and fit windows, doors and glazing.

The money has now been ring-fenced for the sole benefit of the day service, which provides a wide range of activities and opportunities to promote independence and improve the lives of people with a range of support needs.

Centre manager Will Thrower said: “Service users from Bridport Connect have used the centre for a number of years, having a weekly fitness session with one of our qualified fitness instructors.

“Two of the service users also volunteer here every week – and are very much part of our team.

“Bridport Connect provide a brilliant service and we wanted to help out.

“When Luke and Ross Heaver heard about what we wanted to do, they agreed to match the amount we raised.”

Bridport Leisure Centre is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity operated by Bridport and West Dorset Sports Trust.

“As a hub for the local community, we’re here to provide an all-inclusive service to Bridport residents and the surrounding areas,” Will said.

Following the success of this year’s fundraising initiative, the leisure centre hopes to continue to raise money each December for a chosen local group.

Bridport Leisure Centre is extremely grateful for the generosity of its members and wanted to say a big thank you to Heavers for their kind donation.