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PNE backs Space Centre campaign

Support: Jilly Giddins, Steve Johnston and Olivia Hanvey, Kevin Abbott, Peter Risdale, Zoe Hall, from PNE

Support: Jilly Giddins, Steve Johnston and Olivia Hanvey, Kevin Abbott, Peter Risdale, Zoe Hall, from PNE

Preston North End has thrown its weight behind a campaign to save Preston’s Space Centre.

The Space Centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton, has been providing vital services for severely disabled people across Lancashire for almost 20 years.

But now it is in dire straits due to an £800,000 funding black hole and a desperate appeal has been made for fundraising help.

A campaign called ‘Save our Space Centre’ has been launched by a group of businessmen and women to help raise the funds needed.

Steve Johnston of SOS and Paper Innovation organised for some of the Preston North End team to visit the centre to see how important it is for this centre to stay open.

A number of senior officials from the club also discussed ways in which the they could assist in raising the profile of the work being undertaken to raise the money left by the funding loss

A spokesman for Preston North End said: “The work of SPACE is vital for our community.

“The hundreds of children and families it has helped in our city is phenomenal and we are happy to assist in any way we can to ensure this work continues.”

The club has already allowed a bucket collection to take place at the ground and a collection has taken place in the corporate lounges.

And the club included information of the campaign in its latest leaflet drop.

Alison Shorrock who has worked at the centre for over 20 years said: “Preston is well and truly coming together to help our cause.

“The public support is what is keeping me and all the other staff here at Space going day to day, it is so touching.”

If you would like to donate to the Save Our Space campaign you visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/SaveOurSpace

To volunteer call Hilary Holden on 01772 769391 or email space@space-centre.org.uk

 

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