New look for room at centre is a team effort

Medi Parry, left, Hayley Brown, Morpeth Town FC manager Nick Gray, second from right, and two of his sqaud unveil the plaque at the official opening event.
Medi Parry, left, Hayley Brown, Morpeth Town FC manager Nick Gray, second from right, and two of his sqaud unveil the plaque at the official opening event.

A new community media room has been unveiled at a Morpeth facility following a six-week makeover.

The team at Sanderson Arcade raised £6,000 for Barnabas Safe and Sound to fund the transformation of one of the rooms at the Barnabas Stobhill Centre, with local companies pitching in to make the money go a little further.

Players from FA Vase Winners Morpeth Town FC were also in attendance for the official opening.

The room has been completely transformed – it includes a new ceiling and carpets, as well as brightly coloured sofas and shelving.

In addition, mobile tablets, a state-of-the-art projector and an interactive screen have been installed.

Among the other companies that have supported the project are Castle Carpets, Howdens Joinery, C&W Builders, Press Electrical, Caretech Systems, Alexandra Interiors, Jewsons and Tolent.

Sanderson Arcade centre manager Medi Parry said: “The room looks fantastic and everyone who has been involved with the project should feel really proud of what has been achieved.

“It is such a transformation from the dull and unloved space we started with to this bright, modern room which is going to be a great facility for the local community.”

The charity was selected as the Arcade’s good cause for 2015 and staff organised a number of activities at the shopping centre and took part in events such as the Great North Run to raise funds.

Hayley Brown, manager of Barnabas Safe and Sound, said: “It is a really exciting time for Barnabas at the Stobhill Centre. We opened our new community gym in June and now we have this fantastic new media suite.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work in pulling this together and we really can’t wait for our first youth club meeting so they can enjoy the new room.”