Andy Holding, Community Affairs Manager at Birmingham Airport presenting a commemorative plaque to the trustees at St. Swithin’s House.
A Christian conference centre in Barston which offers overnight accommodation for guests has been given a major facelift, thanks to funding from Birmingham Airport.
Brand new shower room facilities have recently been installed in the living quarters at St. Swithin’s House after securing £2,000 from the Airport’s Community Trust Fund.
Set within the grounds of St. Swithin’s Church, the rural retreat can accommodate groups of up to 24 people at a time and regularly receives bookings from various youth organisations and Christian groups.
Out-of-town visitors to the House will now benefit from these much improved bathroom facilities, replacing the previous shower rooms which were in need of a major revamp.
Charles Jukes, a Trustee at St. Swithin’s House, said: “Birmingham Airport’s generous contribution to this project has made an enormous difference. Thanks to these modern facilities, our guests will now get a much better experience when they stay with us.
“These improvements mark a very special year in the history of St. Swithin’s, having recently celebrated the House’s 25th anniversary.”
Andy Holding, Community Affairs Manager at Birmingham Airport, added: “The renovation work at St. Swithin’s House is a great example of what the Community Trust Fund is for. It’s all about helping the local community to help themselves.
“Thanks to these improvements, made possible by the fund, the House can continue to host meetings and provide accommodation for out-of-town visitors for many years to come.”
The Airport Community Trust Fund was established in 1998 and provides financial support to organisations in areas most affected by Airport operations. Since its inception, the trust fund has helped over 600 organisations and donated over one million pounds in total.