Girl sings to raise money for centre

Cash help: Amelia Fitzgerald went carol singing to raise money for Space Centre
Cash help: Amelia Fitzgerald went carol singing to raise money for Space Centre
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A schoolgirl has shown that every penny counts after she went carol singing to raise cash for the Space Centre.

Amelia Fitzgerald, 10, from Ribbleton in Preston, wanted to help the centre - and thought the festive period would be the best time to do it.

With the help of her grandma, Claire Fitzgerald, the youngster visited neighbours’ houses and sang when they came to the door and managed to raise £10 for the cause.

Claire, 60, from Treales, near Kirkham said: “It was over Christmas and we just went local.

“Amelia is always up for something like that.

“I went out with her. It was just one of those things. The first house we went to we started singing and knocked but nobody was in, the dogs came to the door so we just ended up singing to them!

“Then we went to two other houses.

“The neighbours were very understanding.

“I have quite a lot of charities that I give to, like Save the Children. But occasionally you see something and think ‘this is not right’.

“I am a social worker by trade and I know that people will struggle if they don’t get the right support.” The Space Centre, in Pedders Lane, Ashton, provides unique care and respite for adults and children with all types of disability.

A funding shortfall has suspended its expansion plans and threatened the centre’s future altogether.

Closure could leave disabled people, their carers and families without a crucial leisure and learning resource.

Sue Cameron from the Save Our Space Campaign said: “The committee is very grateful to Amelia for this gesture.

“If you are in a position to raise any money, please think of Space.”