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Double donation boost to funding.

Byline: Naomi Paylor

A charity cafe has been served a pounds 5,000 kickstart to its fundraising year.

The Aroma coffee shop in Norton received the donation from youth service Connexions to continue its employment of people with learning difficulties.

Meanwhile Abbey Hill School, whose pupils regularly visit the cafe on work placements, donated a computer to be used in the Solutions shop next door.

The cafe and shop on the High Street were opened in April 2004 by the North East Centre for Independent Living, a registered charity. Solutions sells items for elderly and disabled people and also provides a handyman service.

Nicola O'Riordan, coordinator at the cafe and shop, said the donations will provide a massive boost to their services.

"We received quite a lot of funding last year, but it runs out in March so this is great news," she said.

"It means we can pay for the staff and resources to take on seven more youngsters to give them experience in a place of work.

"The computer will be available for the pupils and anyone who comes into the shop who wants to use it."

* To make a donation or for more details about the handyman service - available to the elderly and disabled - call 01642 360863.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2005
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