Pit Stop gets back on track after flood

Pit Stop back up and running after floods last year halted all training and supervision at the centre.'Pictured from left are Keeley Emis, 19, Mohammed Fazal, 41, above car is Mark Owens, 18, in car is Jonathan Morris, 21 and right is Dave Oakley, 19 years old.
Pit Stop back up and running after floods last year halted all training and supervision at the centre.'Pictured from left are Keeley Emis, 19, Mohammed Fazal, 41, above car is Mark Owens, 18, in car is Jonathan Morris, 21 and right is Dave Oakley, 19 years old.

A CHARITY left devastated by a burst water pipe is fighting back and planning for its future with the help of CFFC.

Pit Stop Halifax was left with a damage bill in the tens of thousands of pounds when its base at Bridgefield Mills in Elland flooded at the end of December last year.

But bosses are now plotting an expansion into the former Ridings School building in Ovenden to help more children as membership now totals 12,000.

The charity offers activities ranging from outdoor sports to practical skills for children and young people from all walks of life.

It was set up in November 1991 by Adrian Woods and Paul Craft with some funding by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

Mr Woods said: “The foundation has been with us since day one assisting us in so many ways.

“The grants Pit Stop has received have enabled us to expand our outdoor activities, namely kayaking, canoeing, gorge walking and rock climbing.  We have been able to purchase first class protective clothing and canoes and special equipment for adapting our canoes for use by disabled young people.

“Now the organisation is looking to grow to other premises as we are oversubscribed at the moment.

“It goes without saying that during this testing time we will once again need to turn to the Foundation for help and guidance to ensure that this move is effected as quickly, efficiently and painlessly as possible.”