Space Centre launches unwanted gifts appeal

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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.

For almost 20 years the Space Centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton, has been providing vital services for severely disabled people across Lancashire and beyond.

Campaign: Space Centre fund-raising co-ordinator Hilary Holden, who is launching an unwanted Christmas gifts appeal

Campaign: Space Centre fund-raising co-ordinator Hilary Holden, who is launching an unwanted Christmas gifts appeal

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

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

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

A host of fundraising events have been taking place ever since the centre revealed the difficulty it is in.

And the latest drive is for people to donate the gifts they received for Christmas that they don’t want.

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

The gifts will be used in the coming months to help raise cash. They could be used on stalls at fundraising fairs or as raffle prizes for raffles at other events.

Community fund raiser Hilary Holden from the Space Centre said: “This year seems to have been rated the highest year for unwanted Christmas gifts.

“Well don’t despair as Space will be happy to receive those unwanted gifts to sell on stalls, stands and even use them as raffle prizes.”

She added: “Whilst you give away those gifts you will be helping children and adults with disabilities who use the centre. All monies raised will go towards purchasing equipment for Space and in doing so you will have given a gift to them.” Unwanted gifts can be donated by dropping them off at the centre in Pedders Lane.

And if companies do their own collections they will be collected by the centre.

Events already held for the Space Centre include Onesie Day - where people wore their pyjamas or onesies to raise much needed funds for the centre.

Last week a fundraising day featuring two concerts was held at Grasshoppers Rugby Club.

The concert day raise in the region of £5,000 for the club.

Hilary said: “£5,000 was raised which is wonderful organisation of Steve Miller and Sue Cameron along with their families. “Also thanks to the artists who gave of their time so freely.”

To find out more about the campaign to save the Space Centre visit: or phone Hilary on 01772 769391.