Local people get together and get creative

06 February 2014

Local people in Botcherby, Carlisle, are getting creative and building a community sculpture to welcome visitors to their estate.

Thanks to funding of over £23,000 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthAble through The Health Lottery, nearly 50 people from the local community are working at Botcherby Community Centre to design and build a piece of art to serve as the gateway to their community.

Helen Fisher, Manager, Botcherby Community Centre, said: “The funding from People’s Health Trust has allowed local people to work together on something to be proud of. With help from local volunteers, we’re creating a beautiful monument to stand at the gateway to our community – and the great thing is that the final piece of art will be designed and built by people from the community.”

Peter Martin, a young person from Botcherby taking part in the project, said: “After losing my apprenticeship earlier in the year, I was so happy to get the chance to help build the monument and develop new skills.”

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “The Botcherby Gateway Project is fantastic, and really shows how a great idea can bring communities together. We’re very happy to be funding this project.”    

The Botcherby Gateway Project will hold sessions twice a week, and promises to offer a valuable creative and social opportunity to those taking part, through the planning and building of the gateway artwork.  


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Notes to editors
People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

HealthAble is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Cumbria and Northumberland. http://www.healthablecic.org.uk/ 

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk  

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