Preston’s Space Centre launches unwanted gifts appeal

from left, Hilary Holden, Fund-raising Co-ordinator and Alison Shorrock, Centre Manager at the SPACE centre which is appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts

from left, Hilary Holden, Fund-raising Co-ordinator and Alison Shorrock, Centre Manager at the SPACE centre which is appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts

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Preston’s Space Centre has launched a campaign for people to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to help it raise much needed funds.

The Space Centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton, Preston is calling on people to donate the gifts they received but don’t want.

The centre, which provides services for severely disabled people across Lancashire and beyond, needs to raise £57,000 to kit out the rest of Space 2.

It provides unique care and respite for adults and children with all types of disability.

The gifts will be used in the coming months to help raise the cash.

They could be used on stalls, stands, raffles and auction prizes for their forthcoming events.

The gifts can be anything from bubble bath sets to slippers and books to board games.

The much loved centre faced an uncertain future when it emerged there was a funding black hole but thanks to public support and the centre merging with a charitable organisation called Creative Support it was saved.

Now bosses at the popular venue are putting out a final rallying cry to raise the final money.

Community fundraiser Hilary Holden from the Space Centre said: “People do get unwanted gifts at Christmas time so we would ask them to put them to good use by donating to use.

“The donations would make such a difference.

“We have so many stalls and stands throughout the year we don’t want to go with nothing.”

Hilary added: “On behalf of Space I would like to wish all the Lancashire Evening Post readers for their kindness, help and support in this last year and let them know that we only require £57,000 to complete Space 2.”

When the Space Centre started the Space 2 project it needed £2m for new premises and state of the art equipment - now centre bosses and volunteers are ready for the final hurdle.

Earlier this year a major text appeal was launched to raise the remaining monies required.

Unwanted gifts can be donated by dropping them off at the centre in Pedders Lane.

To donate gifts or help the centre contact Hilary on 01772 769391.

To donate text SPCE02 £2/£5/£10 to 70070