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Rotherham Rise Secures Spectacular Makeover


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A Rotherham charity has heralded a bright new dawn after enjoying an impressive £10,000 makeover of its facilitiy. Rotherham Rise secured a redecoration of its Main Street premises after winning the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit national campaign.

The facility is being transformed into a women’s centre to provide space for all women to come together to gain confidence, develop skills, take part in training, access groups and activities. As well as providing support for women and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

Johnstone’s Trade has provided expert colour and paint advice, as well as all the materials for the project from the Johnstone’s Decorating Centre on the Parkway Industrial Estate, Nunnery Drive, Sheffield, while the work has been carried out by leading national contractors, Bell Group. Other partners that supported the project were Senior Electrical and Security, Tektura Wall Coverings and Nicholson Flooring Services Ltd.

Sue Wynne, chief executive of Rotherham Rise, said: “To win the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit prize has been a fantastic boost for us and will make an incredible difference. The project will allow a more comfortable café style environment and we hope this will encourage women to come forward and use the drop in services and support.

“Johnstone’s Trade and Bell Group have done a fantastic job of transforming the interior of the building and we have now gone from a new premises with plenty of work needing doing to having two rooms fit for purpose.”

Rotherham Rise was one of four charities to be shortlisted and defeated fellow finalists - Project Ability in Glasgow, the Oasis Community Centre in Worksop and the Hawksmoor Youth Club in Greenwich – in a national public vote.

Richard Mazurkiewicz, marketing manager for Johnstone’s Trade, said: “Rotherham Rise does an incredible job across the local community and we are proud to support such a worthwhile cause.

 “One of our big commitments at Johnstone’s Trade is to support the communities in which we operate and Community Spirit is one fantastic way for us to support truly worthwile causes.”

Anna Higham, community investment manager at Bell Group, added: “We are hugely honoured to have worked with Johnstone’s Trade to help deliver the Community Spirit prize to Rotherham Rise.

The Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit campaign began in 2015 with Milton Keynes-based MK Snap being the inaugural winners. 

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