Long Sutton Men's Shed celebrates £5,000 cash boost
The booming Long Sutton Men’s Shed is celebrating a £5,000 boost as it prepares to double the size of its premises.
Set up two years ago, the shed is there for men of all ages and all walks of life, whether they want to get involved in things like woodwork or drop in for a coffee and a chat.
One huge bonus of the shed is that it has become the perfect tonic for some who suffer from a variety of mental health troubles.
Shed fundraising manager Frank Heinrich-Tiller applied for a grant from The Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the health body responsible for mental health services, and £5,000 was awarded.
Frank said: “We at the shed provide assistance for people suffering from mental health issues like dementia, depression and anxiety, and the trust made it known that if we were to apply we might be considered for some funding.”
The trust’s Sophie Deeks and Caitlin Pointon present the grant, and were welcomed by shed patron Sir John Hayes MP, Jack Tyrrell, who gave the shed a home at The Silverwood Garden Centre, and members.
Jack,a district councillor,said the NHS trust had recognised the massive importance of Long Sutton Men’s Shed in providing community-based therapy.
He said: “They told me it’s cheaper for them to give us £5,000 because they would never be able to set up a place like this for the money.”
The shed was set up in a greenhouse, extending to a quarter of an acre, which members converted themselves.
The shedders are now converting a second greenhouse for use by the 62 members.
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