Published: Thursday, 19th August 2021
Over 140 businesses in west Norfolk have benefited from more than £667,000 in Refresh Reopen grants administered by the borough council.
Cllr Graham Middleton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Business, Culture and Heritage visited one of the businesses that received a grant this week to open their new Revive Garden and said: “I’m very pleased to have been invited to Energise Pentney to see what they have created from nearly £7,000 awarded through the Refresh Reopen grant. The grant helps businesses with outdoor adaptations, diversifications, and shop frontage work.
“Owners Hannah and Tan have created a peaceful and beautiful outdoor space for members and guests to enjoy. It’s wonderful to see that it also benefits local charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind.”
Hannah Watfa, Owner of Energise Pentney Health Club with her husband Tan, said: “We’re so delighted with the response to our Revive Garden, in partnership with Norfolk & Waveney Mind. Not only did the Refresh Reopen Grant give us the opportunity to create more useable outdoor space for our members and guests, but it also allows us to raise awareness and funds to further the incredible mental health support that Norfolk & Waveney Mind offer. Being outside and connecting with nature is a huge contributor to feeling good; this space allows everyone to enjoy more of our beautiful countryside location, and our huge Norfolk skies.
“As a Health Club, our focus is truly on wellness in both body and mind; this grant has allowed us to further that ethos, so we’re extremely grateful for the borough council’s support, without which we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this fantastic outdoor space.”
Alex Wiseman, Partnerships Coordinator at Norfolk and Waveney Mind, added: “We are so grateful for companies like Energise Pentney Health Club supporting us. We, as a charity, survive solely on the generosity of donations and fundraising. The garden that Hannah, Tan and their team have created is wonderful and I look forward to visiting, sitting in the garden and reconnecting with nature once more.”
Cllr Middleton, Alex Wiseman from Mind & Hannah Watfa, owner of Energise Pentney