19/03/2018 - Published by


The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Great Sankey Warrington has received a vital helping hand from local companies as the centre prepares to host events related to the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing.  Two national companies have shown a distinctly local touch helping the Peace Centre deal with the loss of gas supply.

A defective gas pipe has meant that the centre is without hot water whilst an emergency replacement is installed.  The centre houses residential guests and over 35 young people had their stay put at risk as the en-suite showers in the residential accommodation had to be taken out of use as temperatures plummeted below freezing.

The team at the David Lloyd Centre on the A57 stepped in to help, offering free use of their shower and changing facilities so our guests could wash and change.  This meant that a course for 35 young people preparing to become international volunteers, could continue.

On 20th March over 300 guests will visit the Centre to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing, and without hot water, providing drinks would be a huge challenge.  The teams at McDonalds Restaurants in Bridge Street, Europa Boulevard Gemini and Winwick Road sites have come together to provide disposable cups for the event.

Hire Company, HSS have stepped in to provide free temporary heaters to ensure all guest zones are heated during the commemoration event.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre thanked the companies: “the severe weather has taken its toll on a pipe that needs replacement and the repairs may take a number of days.

“The quick actions taken by our friends at David Lloyd , HSS and McDonalds’ again demonstrates how people come together when faced with challenges.  In 1993, the community of Warrington joined together in a spirit of reconciliation and enterprise and the teams at McDonalds’ HSS and David Lloyd have done it again, and I am immensely grateful for their help.”

The gas pipe is now under repair and will be completed after the anniversary event.

To find out how you can help the Peace Centre please contact us.