Bosses at Preston’s Space Centre are celebrating after they were awarded a £15,000 donation.
The centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton, has been given the cash boost from the Duchy of Lancaster’s Benevolent Fund.
The funding will now be used to buy equipment to kit out Space 2, a second multi-sensory room at the centre.
The Space Centre applied for the money and this week Lord Shuttleworth, a trustee of the fund, handed over the money to the venue.
Hilary Holden, fund-raising coordinator at Space, said: “We applied for a grant through Lord Shuttleworth for equipment for Space 2.
“It is a wonderful boost, Lord Shuttleworth is so interested in the Space Centre, that is one of the nicest things about it.”
Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, is also a patron of the Space Centre.
“We are delighted to have him on board,” said Hilary, “And we are very grateful to the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund for giving us such a huge donation.
“It’s a really big boost for the New Year.”
The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund is used to make small grants to associations and organisations.
Until earlier last year the long term future of the popular centre was under threat because of a funding black hole.
However, its future has been saved thanks to a merger with charitable organisation called Creative Support.
The priority for the centre continues to be raising money to buy the necessary equipment for Space 2.
The organisation still needs to raise £140,000 to kit out the room.
To help the centre call Hilary on 01772 769391.