Christmas cheer comes to convent

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS . . . the team which organised and carried out repairs at the convent. (Ref: 111220-09)

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS . . . the team which organised and carried out repairs at the convent. (Ref: 111220-09)

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A CONVENT in Bellshill was given a festive boost of Christmas cheer when police, a local charity and Community Payback workers teamed up to carry out repairs following storm damage.

The Sisters of St Peter Claver convent in Motherwell Road was facing a repair bill, and the prospect of being forced to use much-needed funds it normally allocates to carry out charity work.

But thanks an initiative involving PC Alan Mulholland of Bellshill Police’s community safety department, the Mossend-based Yooz charity and the Community Payback team - formerly the Community Service scheme - the convent has had its property repaired and restored free of charge.

The idea for the project came to Pc Mulholland during a visit to the convent to offer crime prevention advice in relation to some recent unwanted visitors and some safety tips on keeping safe in the home and whilst out and about.

He explained: “During the high winds a fence was blown down at the side of the convent and this caused an obstruction of the disabled ramp which in turn caused distress to some of the local elderly people when they attended a Christmas get together.

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“Due to the great work made in the local area by the sisters, the police along with the Community Payback team and local charity Yooz decided to pull together to have the fence reinstated.”

All of the material needed to have the fence fixed was donated by Yooz, which deal in reclaimed building materials and is operated by Iain Strachan.

He said: “I was delighted to hear that our local services had pulled together to fix a problem for another charitable organisation and due to this I was keen to offer all of the materials needed to reinstate the fence.”

For full story, see this week’s Bellshill Speaker, dated Thursday, December 29.