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Supporters celebrate happy ending for the Space Centre

Merger: Hilary Holden, Martin Igoe, Brian Finney, Pravin Majithia, Alison Shorrock and Pauline Ambrey

Merger: Hilary Holden, Martin Igoe, Brian Finney, Pravin Majithia, Alison Shorrock and Pauline Ambrey

The organisation that saved Preston’s Space Centre from closure has hosted a ‘thank you’ evening for volunteers and supporters who helped raise money in the charity’s darkest hours.

Bosses at the Space Centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton, gathered with bosses from Creative Support to recognise the Save our Space Centre committee, volunteers and trustees for their efforts.

The centre had been facing an uncertain future due to a funding black hole.

A major fundraising drive was launched to help save the future of the much loved facility, despite the best efforts of supporters of the centre enough funds weren’t raised.

Charitable organisation Creative Support stepped in to save the centre through a merger.

Their backing means that the Space Centre’s futures has been secured.

Sue Cameron who had been involved in the SOS committee which has now disbanded was one of those in attendance at the celebration night.

She said: “We didn’t know whether to call it a happy ending or an exciting beginning.

“Creative Support has done us proud. It is lovely from an SOS point of view that Space is going to be in great hands.”

The SOS committee 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.

Fundraising is continuing to raise money to kit out Space 2.

The Space Centre has been providing vital services severely disabled people across Lancashire and beyond for the past 20 years.

If you wish to make a donation to Space contact Hilary on 01772 769391.

 

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