Heritage boosts the younger generation

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Residents of a housing complex for the over 55s have given a Belper youth club an £800 boost.

The occupants of Heritage Court raised the money with a table top sale in aid of Belper’s Drop Inn.

Now the two groups plan to work together on a project that will bridge the generations.

Drop Inn founder Andrea Fox said: “They presented me with £800 and I said you’re joking! It was a complete surprise.

“I had a lovely afternon with them. They are lovely people. They are going to do some fundrasing for us.”

She said the money would go towards buying speakers, mixers and band equipment which can also be used for social events as well.

Resident Hilda Kent said: “We started off with a raffle and then we had an open day with bric a brac stalls.

“I had been reading about the Drop Inn and I decided to go down and ask a few questions.

“I came out feeling very humble thinking I must make some money for them.

“I have done a lot of fundraising since I have been here. I thought we should do something local.

“We are hoping to raise some more money for them and we are going to meet up for coffee and definitely do some more projects with the young people.”

Andrea said: “We are going to start up a project called Linking Lives - a three-year project funded by the Methodist service which builds bridges between young people and the over 60s. The funding finished but after meeting the people at Heritage Court we want to do some social sessions. Whether it’s at their place or ours we definitely want to work with them.”

The cross-generational project will begin in the autumn. Andrea added: “The residents were all really keen on the idea. A lot of friendships came out of the last project between the old and the young - the stories were going between them.

“Previously they were crossing the street to avoid teenagers and now they were crossing to meet them.”