AN Isle of Wight youth facility, which was on the brink of closure, has been saved by a £30,000 grant from the Henry Smith Charity.
The money has come as a lifesaver for the award-winning Pavilion in East Cowes, which, as reported in last week’s County Press
, would have closed down at the end of this month, without the grant.
Had it closed, four youth workers would have lost their jobs.
It is the second time this year The Pavilion has been under threat of closure due to a funding crisis but it was saved then by cash from East Cowes Town Council, the police, the Isle of Wight County, Spectrum Housing Group and Barratt Homes.
The Henry Smith charity, which was formed in the 1600s, gives £25 million grants annually to combat disadvantage.
Chairman of The Pavilion, Charlie Hancock, said: "I am delighted to report The Pavilion, East Cowes, has been successful in its bid to the Henry Smith Charity for a £30,000 grant.
"In these times, when charities like these are heavily over-subscribed, it reflects the value they place upon the good work carried out at The Pavilion and the high level of need for the area," said Mr Hancock.
He said the grant would provide an opportunity for further bids to be submitted for funding.