Club’s closure brings boost for charities

The former owners of the Trinity Social Club have donated �30k to three different charities - including the hospital league of friends. Cheque presentation at Hospital entrance. For more info call Janet : 01964537326 NBFP PA1609-3a Pictured Janet Pratley, Mike Pinkney, Dave Harvey.
The former owners of the Trinity Social Club have donated �30k to three different charities - including the hospital league of friends. Cheque presentation at Hospital entrance. For more info call Janet : 01964537326 NBFP PA1609-3a Pictured Janet Pratley, Mike Pinkney, Dave Harvey.

Three charities are to receive a total of nearly £30,000 after former club members voted to donate their shares of the property’s value.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the Bridlington branch of Macmillan Cancer Support and Bridlington Hospital League of Friends will each receive around £9,700 each, thanks to generosity of former Trinity Social Club members.

The Bridlington Trinity Social Club NBFP PA1417-10

The Bridlington Trinity Social Club NBFP PA1417-10

David Harvey, 59, who is the club’s former chairman of nearly 10 years, said it was a sad day when the Trinity Social Club closed its doors for the last time in May last year.

Mr Harvey said: “There were probably around 60 members who actively used the club and 20 that didn’t.

“It was run on a volunteer basis but I was working two nights a week – it turned into a full-time job.”

Sadly, the club’s dwindling membership, coupled with the cost of running the venue, caused the club based at Blenheim Road to eventually close its doors.

Its three committee members, Michael Pinkney, Jannet Pratley as well as Mr Harvey, decided to put money gained from selling the property into supporting the three charities.

Mr Harvey continued: “We put it to the vote with our members, and it was an almost unanimous decision.

“I decided on MacMillan Cancer Support because my sister passed away from cancer and the charity helped her.”

“It was sad when the club closed, but it was fairly inevitable. A lot of places have gone, such as the British Legion, so we were on the cards.”

But out of that disappointment and the heartache caused by losing their beloved club, its former members can celebrate in knowing its closure will go towards helping those in need.

Carol French, treasurer at Bridlington Hospital League of Friends said she was “over the moon” on finding out about the donation.

“We are very appreciative of the club and acknowledge that the money is going to local charities,” she said.

“They have made it as local as they possibly can which is nice, because you get so many charities that are national or international which means little ones don’t always get a bite of the cherry.”

It means the club’s money will go towards support current and former patients at Bridlington Hospital.

Last year, the League of Friends secured a number of bladder scanners for district nurses, enabling them to pinpoint potential problems more quickly so they can admit patients to hospital.