AN ONLINE fundraising page has been set up to support the Colwyn Bay Cricket Club after they were the target of a suspected arson attack.
Police arrested three youths in connection with the fire, Penrhyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea, on May 20 after it took place in the early hours of the morning.
The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service also sent crew members to the scene, while two other youths were also later arrested.
Three people arrested following fire at Colwyn Bay Cricket Club
New arrests in connection with fire at Colwyn Bay Cricket Club
Matthew Ferdinando, the club’s treasurer, set up the GoFundMe page, writing: “In the early hours of May 20, the ‘Tea Pavilion’ – the site’s oldest building – was targeted by senseless vandals during an arson attack. .
“The damage is extensive and the property will most likely have to be demolished. Fortunately, no one was injured and the perpetrators were arrested.
‘The tea pavilion is primarily used by a number of community groups and charities, which will be without location at this time.
“As a valuable community asset, the club intends to rebuild a bigger, better and more modern facility on the site – if the funds, permissions etc. allow it.
“While the insurance will hopefully contribute to our objective, the club will have to contribute funds in order to achieve the best possible result.
“We have been inundated with offers of help and support, and so have created this page as a simple way to facilitate these generous offers.”
You can visit the GoFundMe page, which has so far raised £750 of its £5,000 goal, at: www.gofundme.com/f/CBCC-fire.
After the incident, a spokesman for Colwyn Bay Cricket Club told the Pioneer“The whole club is stunned by this senseless act of vandalism; it benefits no one and disadvantages many.
“Not only was this facility used by the cricket club, but it was a great community asset being the meeting point for many local groups of all ages: Conwy Connect, Colwyn Abbey Players and several bridge clubs, to name a few. name a few.
“On a positive note, we are not going to be intimidated by this. We will build back stronger and better.”
A fundraising appeal has also been launched for the benefit of Conwy Connect for Learning Disabilities.
Organizer Catherine Thornton said: “After a senseless arson attack on Colwyn Bay Cricket Club, Conwy Connect’s Saturday morning arts club for children with disabilities, children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) lost all their equipment in the fire.
“We are asking for donations to cover what we have lost.”
The appeal, which has so far raised £1,810, far exceeding its £500 target, can be viewed at: www.gofundme.com/f/3azar-childrens-art-club.