Facelift gives cafe new life

IT'S celebrations all round at the Calder Valley Club after a £10,000 grant gave the charity's base a breath of fresh air.

The club, which looks after adults with physical difficulties, was awarded the grant after applying to the Awards for All scheme last summer.

The money has been put to good use, transforming the drab cafeteria with a bistro-style.

Before the transformation, the ground-floor room was full of cafeteria tables, painted cream and had an aged carpet.

Now it has a feature wall, smart leather chairs and flowers on every table.

The new look will be unveiled to friends and families tomorrow.

"They'll all come together to see the transformation and we wanted to wait until it was totally finished to show it off," said manager Pam Sharp.

Staff rallied round to help decorate the room, with Paul Capper decorating and assistant manager Louise Lancashire and Pam using interior design skills to add the final touches.

Pam said: "They all feel they're coming somewhere special. They're coming into what feels like a restaurant, not just getting their dinner.

"It's better for our clients because they can interact with each other. It's all about giving them choice."

Clients can tuck into a hot or cold menu every day.

The charity looks after 38 adults, five days a week. Clients come from all across Calderdale, from Brighouse across to Todmorden.

Every penny of the 10,000 has been spent wisely. The money has also bought a new front door for the centre, in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, and a new carpet for the lounge.

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