Euromillions pair pledge £130,000 to Beacon Arts Centre
Published: 29th Jul 2012 02:24:57
Europe's biggest-ever lottery winners have contributed £130,000 to the construction of a community arts centre in Inverclyde.
Chris and Colin Weir won £161m in the Euromillions jackpot last July.
The Beacon Arts Centre is a £10m theatre complex being built at a former dockyard in Greenock, and is due to open in October.
The donation from the couple is to be used to equip the kitchen and cafe areas of the new building.
Greenock Arts Guild, which will run the centre, said it would create jobs for some of the most vulnerable in the community.
Chris Weir said: "The ethos of The Beacon, particularly its focus for providing educational and employment opportunities, is to be congratulated.
"The Beacon aspires to be a leading example of how a community can come together and help those at risk or less fortunate.
"For example, the cafe within the complex specifically aims to support those with mental health issues by providing employment, something that is sorely needed."
She added: "We share the Greenock Arts Guild's aspirations for The Beacon and want it to be a success - that is why we made the donation."
Last year, the Weirs, who featured in this year's Sunday Times Rich List, made a £1m donation to the SNP.
The couple has also contributed to an appeal to keep the Waverley Paddle Steamer in service on the River Clyde.
The Formula One fans also sponsored 15-year-old Gregor Ramsay as he joined the European Formula Three season earlier this year.
The Beacon will have a 500-seat main auditorium, as well as a 130-seat studio theatre and three large rehearsal rooms.
Elliott McKelvie, chairman of the board of trustees at Greenock Arts Guild, said they were "absolutely delighted" at the donation.
He added: "Through their unselfish philanthropy, Chris and Colin continue to make a positive contribution to charitable and community projects such as ours, and help organisations like the Arts Guild to plan and fund projects which can really change people's lives."
Last August, Andrew Lloyd Webber's foundation awarded a £100,000 grant to the Beacon Arts Centre.
At 12:58:39 in EnglandA poem about the killing of PC Keith Blakelock during riots in north London was written by the man accused of his murder, a court has heard.
At 12:58:21 in SportKent have announced a pre-interest and pre-tax profit of £156,778 for the financial year to November 2013.
At 12:56:04 in ScotlandA hamster has been found abandoned inside a plastic play tube in Edinburgh.
At 12:55:09 in BusinessThe sometimes fraught relationship between leaseholders and their freeholders is going to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
At 12:54:04 in HeadlinesIndia's Supreme Court has ordered the continuing detention of businessman Subrata Roy and asked his firm to come up with a plan to repay its investors.
At 12:53:21 in SportCrystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 by the Football Association and warned about his future conduct for Twitter comments he made in relation to former boss Neil Warnock.
At 12:52:43 in HeadlinesA second witness at the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has told a court in the capital Pretoria she was awoken by the sounds of a fight early on 14 February 2013.
At 12:42:01 in PoliticsThere is a risk that "deliberate provocation" could give rise to a dangerous incident in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned.
At 12:41:48 in EnglandA residential treatment programme for addicts which closed in Yeovil is to reopen after the charity running it merged with another organisation.
At 12:40:03 in ScotlandPolice Scotland has exceeded its target to recruit 1,000 additional officers.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Euromillions pair pledge £130,000 to Beacon Arts Centre [Online] (Updated 29th Jul 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1443287/Euromillions-pair-pledge-130-000-to-Beacon-Arts-Centre [Accessed 8th Mar 2014]
News In Other Categories
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
A poem about the killing of PC Keith Blakelock during riots in north London was written by the man accused of his murder, a court has heard.
India's Supreme Court has ordered the continuing detention of businessman Subrata Roy and asked his firm to come up with a plan to repay its investors.
There is a risk that "deliberate provocation" could give rise to a dangerous incident in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned.
Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales has "a sort of mild Alzheimer's", her husband Tim West has revealed in the Radio Times.
The law needs to be changed to stop ticket touts overcharging fans ahead of the Rugby World Cup, an MP has said.