29 Oct 12

Suffolk coastal projects get a boost from Sizewell B

Sizewell B has donated £600 this month to help bring vital projects to life on the Suffolk coast.

The power station donated £200 towards the launch of Saxmundham’s new ‘SMILE Café’, a wonderful project to provide respite care for carers and adults with mental health problems. The money has been used to help kit out their kitchen with a new microwave and other essential items needed to run a busy café.

The café is a joint venture between Saxmundham & District Rotary Club and the community interest company PASTEL. The new community service is located in the town’s Fromus Centre and launched to a packed reception earlier this month.

Graham Ward, former President of the Saxmundham & District Rotary Club, said: “We really are very grateful for the support from Sizewell B. The Rotary Club relies on such donations to get worthwhile good causes such as the SMILE café off the ground.

He continued: “We have long term links with the power station as they also support the Rotary Club’s Annual Heritage Coast Run which raised almost £10,000 this year for local charitable causes.”

Niki Spatchett, Community Liaison Officer said: “Staff at Sizewell B power station live and work within the local community so projects such as improving local nursery facilities are of real interest to our employees. Furthermore, as a major employer in the area we are always pleased to help local projects get off the ground.”

Other local groups jumping for joy after receiving a donation from the Sizewell B community fund include Shining Stars Daycare in King Georges Avenue, Leiston, which received £200 for new play equipment. 56 children from the local area make use of the nursery and it provides an essential service for working parents during school holidays. The Leiston Christmas fair, Wenhaston United Football Club and the 1st Leiston Rainbows troop are also celebrating after receiving a cash windfall for their projects.

The SMILE Café

The SMILE Cafe is a weekly pop-up cafe, running every Thursday from 10am to 2pm, at the Fromus Centre, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham. It provides refreshments and respite primarily for carers and adults with additional mental needs such as dementia, learning disabilities, mental health problems, strokes and head injuries.

The SMILE Cafe provides a forum to meet, relax in a friendly environment, make new friends, restore inner strength, reduce isolation and improve your quality of life.

It is a place to share personal knowledge, experiences and emotional support. It is also a place for those looking for information, advice and guidance from professionals and support agencies.

The SMILE café is jointly managed by the PASTEL Community Interest Company and the Rotary Club of Saxmundham and District.

Further information can be found at www.smile-cafe.org.uk or by telephoning 01728-604944 during office hours.

Sizewell B sponsorship and Donations Fund

Every year Sizewell B power station donates £10,000 to local good causes. The money is spent on projects within a 10 mile radius of the power station. Typically the projects will fall into one or more of the following categories –

a) Schools / Education

b) Local Community

c) Sustainability projects

d) Activities for Young People

Sizewell B has donated over £150,000 to local community projects since the station began generating electricity in 1995. Any member of the public who feels they may have a charitable cause that fits the above criteria can apply for a donation by contacting Niki Spatchett, Community Liaison Officer at Sizewell B power station on 01728 653258