A Bideford charity has been awarded £130,000 to refurbish its buildings and replace IT equipment.

Wings South West received the funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation, which has funded £11million to more than 150 charities.

The charity works with hundreds of disadvantaged young people across Devon, from its base in Lower Meddon Street.

The charity runs a café style drop in youth club, engages with schools and provides learning opportunities for young people not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) and those who have been excluded from mainstream school.

Wings has been awarded £130,000 from the Weston Anniversary Fund which will enable them to refurbish and update their buildings, including replacing IT and multi-media equipment crucial to the running of their programmes.

Paul Bowser, founder and chief executive of Wings, said the new funding will enable them to deliver many more programmes for young people and others that will help develop their skills, confidence and self-esteem.

“I was almost in tears when I got the news that we had been successful in getting funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation,” he said.

“They were one of the first charities to fund us 16 years ago and I really feel the foundation has taken the time to understand what we need and support us as we’ve grown.

“This money will help us transform our buildings, which are looking tired and shabby.

“Not only will we be able to offer young people many more opportunities but they will also know that they are not second best and are valued and respected.”

The Weston Anniversary Fund was launched earlier this year to provide funding to charities to improve their existing facilities or provide new ones as part of the Foundation’s 60th year.

The Trustees took the decision to more than double the fund after receiving over 2,300 applications, with over 60% from charities that have never applied to them before.