A committee set up to raise cash for Preston’s Space Centre has disbanded - following the announcement that the venue has been saved.
The Save our Space (SOS) group was launched 12 months ago when bosses at the centre revealed a funding black hole had threatened its future.
Bosses feared that closure could leave disabled people, their carers and families without a crucial leisure and learning resource.
The five firms set up a task force to stage fund-raising events and offer their own services to back the charity.
In that time the businesses have raised £200,000 through a variety of events including the very popular Onesie Day, Space Aid, a two-in-one day of concerts, a slimming challenge, a gala ball, and the Preston Marina Rubber Dinghy Grand Prix.
Earlier this month the Evening Post reported that the centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton, had been saved through a merger with a charitable organisation called Creative Support.
Sue Cameron, from the Save our Space committee, said: “It has been a pleasure to be part of saving the Space Centre – what a crazy but rewarding year we have had – the early dark days were soon put behind us and as a committee we pooled our resources and were on a mission to save the centre. One minute we were having serious meetings, ensuring SOS was set up and operating correctly the next we were donning our onesies with the support of Preston behind us for Onesie Day.
“It is very rewarding to think that the money we have raised has made a difference and has enabled a charitable business to get behind Space and let it continue and flourish. We are extremely grateful to Creative Support for seeing the vision of the new Space Centre and getting on board.”
Hilary Holden from the Space Centre said: “This is a great achievement and I wish to thank every member of the SOS Committee for the commitment to this project.”
The businesses involved in the SOS committee were car dealer Bowker BMW, Preston Marina, solicitors Tandem Law, manufacturer Paper Innovation and events company, Today Can Be Better.
Although the future of the Space Centre is now secured, funds are still needed to kit out Space 2.
To help raise cash the centre has developed an Indiegogo application. Indiegogo is a ‘crowdfunding’ initiative and is the most recent form of raising finance for projects.
It allows people to make a contribution to a cause with a series of rewards on offer to back up the feel good factor. To find out more visit www.indiegogo.com and searching for Space Centre.