A bright future for arts centre

Move Ahead Charity boat reopens after an arson attack in 2007.Pictured is Steve Mortimer.
Move Ahead Charity boat reopens after an arson attack in 2007.Pictured is Steve Mortimer.

A FLOATING arts and crafts centre has been helping brain injured artists for more than eight years.

Thanks to a grant for £1,000, The Little Beck Trust will be able to power its barge, moored at Stanley Ferry marina, from the sun.

The group has been given the cash to build a ‘wheel house’ which will use solar panels to generate power for the centre, making it self-sufficient in the future.

It currently relies on generators.

The Littlebeck barge suffered a massive set back in 2007 after an arson attack, but volunteers have been refurbishing the boat back to its former glory ever since.

The trust was set up by Steve Mortimer after his son Scott suffered a serious brain injury after being knocked down by a bus in Wakefield in 2004.

Scott, 35, of Hemsworth, said: “When you’ve suffered a brain injury you feel you are left without a social life.

“This has provided a great meeting place and to talk to other people who have suffered from a brain injury is priceless.

“It gives me and the others something to look forward to.

“We are really grateful for the money as funding the project is one of the hardest parts.

“It will go towards putting a smile on someone’s face and in my opinion that is a massive plus.”

The project offers four-hour art sessions twice a week and is run by volunteers.

The solar system kit and installation will cost the charity £1,500, but it had already managed to raise £500 itself.