Barratt donation gives local centre a sporting chance

BARRATT Developments North Scotland has donated £1,000 to the Bettridge Centre, as part of its latest Community Fund giveaway.

The Bettridge Centre is a community-owned leisure centre that offers a selection of sports, community, arts and social events to families in Newtonhill. The donation from Barratt Homes has helped expand the centre’s Active8 Challenge, which hosts free sport and physical activities for children and older people over the summer holidays.

Bridget Scott, development officer and acting manager at the Bettridge Centre, said, “It’s been a difficult few months for the centre. We weren’t sure we’d be able to survive one lockdown, let alone two! Receiving donations such as this really helps us financially, but it’s as much about the recognition of the value of what we do, as it is about the money.

“Barratt’s funding will help us run our free summer holiday Active8 Challenge – the challenge is to see how many different sports and physical activities local children can take part in over the seven weeks of the holiday. We’re looking forward to a very busy summer!”

Over the past month the Bettridge Centre has also run a programme called ReActive8 – designed to encourage isolated and vulnerable local people to take part in activities .

David Palmer, MD at Barratt Homes North Scotland, added, “The Bettridge Centre carries out fantastic work for the local people of Newtonhill, including for residents at our nearby Whiteland Coast development. We’re glad to hear that our donation will allow them put on more brilliant activities over the summer holidays and make it accessible for all. The Community Fund donations go towards valuable causes close to our employees’ hearts, with nominations coming from the Barratt Developments North Scotland team.”

Now in its third year, the Barratt Homes Community Fund has pledged to donate £1,000 each month to a charity or organisation in the North of Scotland. Charities are nominated and voted for by employees of Barratt Homes.