Donations help Haverhill charity improve its work for people in need

HAVERHILL: 
Henry Wilson REACH project manager, Ann Merrigan REACH operations manager, Cllr Margaret Marks and Lesley Ashford-Smith Reach Centre admin.
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160420-191818009
HAVERHILL: Henry Wilson REACH project manager, Ann Merrigan REACH operations manager, Cllr Margaret Marks and Lesley Ashford-Smith Reach Centre admin. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160420-191818009
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Donations from the locality budgets of borough councillor Margaret Marks and her late husband, Cllr Tim Marks, are helping a Haverhill charity to be more efficient and give even more time to their clients.

The £630 given by Mrs Marks has enabled REACH Community Projects to buy a high speed copier/scanner, while a further £1,000 provided by Mr Marks from his Suffolk County Council locality funds has provided two laptops.

The use of the laptops mean REACH staff can provide advice and support to clients who can’t get to the charity’s office and enables them to work while on the go .

The copier/scanner allows them quickly to upload important documents and store them digitally, reducing costs and increasing effectiveness.

The machine’s speed - it can scan about 20 documents per minute compared to the one every three minutes as done previously, also allows staff to spend more time with clients.

Mrs Marks said: “Tim and I have been involved with REACH since it’s beginning 10 years ago.

“The work of REACH supports their core values of lifting people from debt crisis and enabling them to return to their rightful place in society.

Councillor’s locality money is used to support capital projects that directly benefit local people, and Mrs Marks said: “ As the new locality year has started, we welcome applications for this new round of funding.”

Henry Wilson, REACH projects manager, said the new equipment is a step towards them being able to use cloud based technology instead of paper for keeping records.

He added: “This just gives us that extra step forward to realising where we want to be, to actually giving people that little bit more hope.

“As for Tim and Margaret, it’s just amazing. Their support over the years has been fantastic.”