Ashtons Green Community Allotments Association, prides itself on working with the community in many ways and with a number of organisations, including the Change Grow Live St Helens (CGL St Helens) group, which helps people recover from addictions such as alcohol and drugs. They help to recycle pallets into garden furniture, organise Cooking in the Community and Sow, Grow and Eat programmes with local groups with great success and provide a Friday night drop in for elderly residents.
The £2,000 prize will allow the project to replace its electric oven, which broke last year after a local Halloween party, meaning it can continue its programmes which have proved very popular with schools as well.
Paul Llewellyn, Treasurer of Ashtons Green Community Allotments, said: “What a great feeling it is to improve someone’s life and just to help them fit in and feel part of something and that is what our organisation is all about.
“We have a group that attends our allotments called St Helens Autism and Asperger’s Society that participates in a program called Sow, Grow Eat and the appliances from Stoves will really benefit this programme and help us to continue helping people. We can’t thank the voters enough.”
"We make a vast difference to a lot of people’s lives with the activities that take place at Ashtons Green, but unfortunately last year, after our Halloween party which hosts around 150 local people, our electric oven packed up in our kitchen and we are desperate for the funds for a replacement."