Community support has secured future of WRVS centre

Manager Sue Adey with chief inspector Heather Keating and other supporters of the centre
Manager Sue Adey with chief inspector Heather Keating and other supporters of the centre

THE WRVS centre in St Leonards devastated by a burglary in April is getting back on its feet thanks to a huge amount of community support.

A new security system has been installed this week complete with burglar alarm, CCTV cameras, and bars on some of the windows.

This has all been made possible thanks to a £3,000 donation from the Isabel Blackman Foundation, £300 from Sussex Police, a number of individual donations, and Eastbourne company Airtight Security Systems.

Last Thursday (June 7) chief inspector Heather Keating visited the centre, in South Street, to present manager Sue Adey with the cheque, and representatives from the Isabel Blackman Foundation and Senlac Rotary Club, and two crime prevention officers were also in attendance.

Sue said: “It was superb, we had such a nice morning.

“We have had so much support, I can’t thank everyone enough.”

The centre, which provides valued services to older people and meeting space for community groups, was broken into on April 1.

Valuable items were stolen including a plasma screen TV and kitchen equipment, and thousands of pound worth of damage was caused, but Sue vowed the centre would remain open.

Chief inspector Heather Keating said: “It was a pleasure to be able to help and support such a vibrant community group, Sussex Police are committed to working with the WRVS to keep the building and those that use it safe.

“The CCTV installed will also contribute to crime reduction and detection in the area.”