Offers of money and time come flooding in for troubled club

Nathan Martin chairman of Hebden Bridge Round Table with Pam and members of the Calder Valley Club.

Nathan Martin chairman of Hebden Bridge Round Table with Pam and members of the Calder Valley Club.

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THEY’VE had a turbulent few months but things are finally looking up for staff and clients at Calder Valley Club.

Local community groups have rallied round and staff have been overwhelmed by the knocks on the door from people offering everything from cash to people offering their time.

The club, based in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, was faced with closure just before Christmas.

After negotiations with Calderdale Council, they were given extra funding to help with survival until June and promises of contract discussions will continue.

But every penny helps in their battle for survival and to cater for their vulnerable clients.

They now want to make their service as comprehensive as possible and can finally realise their dream of buying a second-hand converted car to take individuals and small groups on outings.

Hebden Bridge Round Table have donated £4,000 towards their appeal to buy a new converted vehicle to take clients to appointments.

Vice chairman Nathan Martin said the group were alerted to their plight by media coverage and decided to help.

After a meeting with trustees, they decided to hand over £4,000 from their coffers.

He added: “We will have a review later in the year if we have more money available to hand over.

“It’s a very good, local cause, and it’s in its 31st year. It was something we felt strongly about helping,” said Nathan.

The club has also been given an anonymous donation of £2,000 and another, also from an unnamed donor, of £1,000.

Pam Sharp, from the club, said they were hugely grateful for the support from the community.

“Our profile has been raised so much and local community groups are coming forward and approaching us, which is brilliant.

“This is something we’ve been waiting for a long time and it means that a personalised, more discreet service when we’re out in the community.”

She said users were already excited at the news.

“People here are very excited and have said how fantastic it is.

“It’ll just make such a difference,” she said.

To donate to the club or offer help, call Pam on 01422 885098.