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A group of Preston businesses have thrown their weight behind a campaign to save the city’s Space Centre.

The five firms have set up a task force to stage fund-raising events and offer their own services to raise cash to support the charity.

The future of the Space Centre, a multi-sensory centre for disabled people on Pedders Lane, Ashton, is in the balance after it was revealed £800,000 of grants it thought it had secured do not exist.

The businesses involved at car dealer Bowker BMW, Preston Marina, solicitors Tandem Law, manufacturer Paper Innovation and events company, Today Can Be Better

Steve Johnston, managing director at Paper Innovation, said it would be holding a charity ball and offering its products, which include promotional notebooks and sticky pads, to raise money.

He said: “It is about all of us using our own expertise to do as much as we can to help.

“We are looking at offering businesses the chance to take our products and sell them for the Space Centre and we will give 100% of what we make to it.”

Chris McCrudden, of Deepdale-based Tandem Law, said the firm’s managing director, Andrew Lindsay, had thrown his support behind the push.

His daughter, Tracy, who suffers from cerebal palsy, uses the centre once a month.

Mr McCrudden said: “We are planning to host our own events, but also drive others to get involved.”

Tom Fox and Amy Uphill, of Bowker BMW which is based on Preston docklands, the marina’s Suzanne Cameron and Ross McWilliam make up the team.

l For further details visit the new campaign website at www.saveourspacecentre.org.uk.

 

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