Local grant giving charity, Talbot Village Trust, has donated £20,000 to Eventide Homes, to allow essential refurbishment work to be carried out to a number of its kitchens.

The funding received from Talbot Village Trust permitted the local almshouse charity to refurbish eight of its resident’s kitchens with modernised facilities since the current kitchen equipment was over 20 years old.

Joe Waters, chief executive of Eventide Homes, said: “We are grateful for the generosity and support we have received from Talbot Village Trust, who have helped us vastly improve the quality of life for a number of our residents, by enabling us to remodel their kitchens.

‘‘Last year we aimed to complete six kitchen refurbishments but in the end due to the Trust’s donation, we were able to exceed our expectations and refurbish eight kitchens in total.’’

Eventide Homes provide housing for retired people in Dorset who are over the age of 60, and either through bereavement or other misfortune are left without adequate means to rent or own a property.

Eventide Homes consists of 70 one bedroom flats, a communal garden and an activities room, which hosts weekly coffee mornings, bingo club and games nights.

Russell Lucas-Rowe, Trustee, added: ‘‘Eventide Homes, which is currently in its 80th year, has created a loving community for those which are vulnerable in the area and Talbot Village Trust is pleased to support the charity in this way.’’

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trustees meet again in May. Please visit www.talbotvillagetrust.org for more information.