Martin Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes, has nominated Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Live at Home Scheme to receive £1,000 donated by the trade body bacta, which represents seaside arcades, piers and related attractions.
Martin Vickers said that he was delighted that his nomination had been accepted by bacta; “The Live at Home” project is one that has served my constituency so well over many years. People grow attached to their homes, it’s where their families have grown up and is a constant reminder of so many memories, and if they can be helped to live at home then they can be so much happier and contented,” he says.
“We have been active in the local community for 29 years now. We enable older people to live independently in their own homes as long as possible helping them to live their later life well in their local communities and by providing support and social activities,” says Elizabeth Donoghue, Live at Home Scheme Manager. “Our income is generated through our weekly clubs, subscriptions and local fundraising. Since lockdown, we have been unable to raise funds in this way and so our long-standing service is struggling to survive. We are so very grateful to bacta members, therefore, for the invaluable generosity they have shown by making a donation to us.”
Bacta launched its Siding With the Seaside (#sidingwiththeseaside) campaign last year in order to support the seaside communities served by their members and to highlight the lack of government investment that threatens the precious heritage in many seaside towns.
Bacta CEO John White says, “The situation was already serious for many seaside towns whose communities have suffered through lack of employment and local investment. However, when we went into lockdown just before the Easter holidays, the position became far more serious as local businesses were forced to shut and the seasonal trade, which is so vital, was lost. Our members made a total of £23,000 available to give to seaside charities via the MPs who we have got to know through our seaside campaigning work and who are best placed to know who would benefit most.”
Bacta represents the owners and operators of seaside amusement arcades, over-18 amusement centres, and the companies that hire machines to pubs, clubs, bowling alleys, bingo halls and similar venues. It also represents the manufacturers and distributors of all types of amusement equipment. This can range from children’s rides, to jukeboxes, fruit machines in pubs and clubs, crane grabbers, penny falls, tuppeny nudgers, test your strength machines, videos, pool tables and gaming machines