Breakfast club receives collections fund

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nrhn130612'The cheque presentation outside Ironville Community Centre.

Ironville residents who have been dropping into weekly coffee mornings have raised money to help support a breakfast club for local youngsters.

Around £120 has been collected from donations made from residents who have been dropping in over the past nine months to enjoy tea, coffee, biscuits and breakfasts which are served by community volunteers.

The monthly coffee mornings, at Ironville Community Centre, were originally set up by PC Mark Gibbs of the Ironville and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team and Carl Harper, of Futures Homescape as drop in sessions for local residents.

Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team, Futures Homescape, local councillors and other organisations including the local councils and the multi-agency teams. Funding has also been provided by Derbyshire County Councillor Paul Smith.

Ironville Breakfast Club, which was set up in 2005, is an initiative which provides local youngsters with a healthy breakfast each morning prior to school.

It is based at Ironville and Codnor Park Primary School and is run by volunteers.

PCSO Mikel Miller of the Ironville and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Not only have the coffee mornings provided us with the opportunity to get to know local residents in an informal setting, but it is also fantastic that the community has also pulled together to provide funding for the youngsters breakfast club.

“The Ironville Breakfast Club is a great initiative which provides local children a place to go prior to school where they can enjoy the most important meal of the day. It also helps to keep them safe and off the streets.”

The cheque was presented to breakfast club youngsters on Friday, May 25 at Ironville Community Centre.

Residents can drop in to the coffee mornings between 10am and 12pm on the last Friday in every month at Ironville Community Centre.