A COMMUNITY leader has helped to pay towards a new washing machine at an elderly care centre.
Town and district councillor Pam Wood has handed over a cheque for £250 to staff at Bank House Day Centre in Leek.
The money, which has come from Mrs Wood's Staffordshire Moorlands District Councillor Community Initiative Fund, has helped to complete the fund-raising needed to pay for a new washing machine at the St Edward Street venue.
A number of organisations and individuals have helped to fund the £2,000 Miele Vario Industrial Washing Machine which has replaced a similar machine which had become in disrepair after 15 years of daily use at the centre.
As well as Mrs Wood's recent donation of £500, the centre has received £1,000 from county councillor Charlotte Atkins, and £500 from Leek Town Lands.
Claire Nugent, who is the new manager of Bank House, said: "These donations are very much appreciated as our washing machines are used daily to help with the services we offer from hair-dressing to assisted bathing."
Mrs Wood said: "It is even more important now that we support local venues like this which help our community.
"There have been cuts recently which have hit the more vulnerable members of our community.They are going to need our support much more in the coming years."