Successful exhibition helps to boost SOLD workshop in Lowestoft

The Lowestoft Model Engineering and Model Making Exhibition cheque presentation.
Picture: Julie Williams.

The Lowestoft Model Engineering and Model Making Exhibition cheque presentation. Picture: Julie Williams. - Credit: Archant

A charitable organisation has benefited from the proceeds of a successful model making exhibition.

Special Objectives for the Local Disabled (SOLD), which is based on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, offers disabled people the opportunity to have access to a workshop environment.

And last week SOLD was presented with a cheque for £363.49 following the Lowestoft model engineering and model making exhibition (Lowmex).

The SOLD studio provides a wood working workshop, art and craft room, computer room, greenhouse and bee hives. Any of these can be utilised by the service users to work on their own projects, items for SOLD, orders from the public or community projects.

Waveney District councillor Stephen Ardley presented the cheque for £363.49 on behalf of Lowmex, after their annual two day exhibition attracted more than 1,000 people to the Ormiston Denes Academy last October.


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Mr Ardley said: 'It gives me great pleasure to support SOLD, which I have done since 2004. I hope to support them more in the future by raising even more funds for this very good cause.'

Kevin Rackham, chairman of the Lowmex organising committee, said: 'We are more than pleased to continue the support of the work of SOLD. They encourage people less able than ourselves to get back into a workshop environment to produce quality, tangible items, which is very much akin to what we try to do in the society and in our own workshops.'

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The Halesworth and District Model Engineering Society, who organise the exhibition, are busy planning this year's event – the fourth – which will be held on October 21/22 at Ormiston Denes Academy.

SOLD will again be the beneficiary of any proceeds made at this year's exhibition. SOLD workshop manager, Mat Parker, said: 'I think it is brilliant that Lowmex support us every year. The money enables us to buy tools and equipment for the members to use, and allows us to continue with our work – thank you.'

? For more information about the exhibition or becoming a sponsor, please contact Kevin Rackham on 01502 583317 or alternatively visit www.lowmex.co.uk

? Have you got a Lowestoft story? Email mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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