THE director of the Rainbow Centre has thanked everyone who joined an ‘unbelievable’ effort to turn its finances around and keep it open.
The centre is today celebrating after reaching the £150,000 target it set on March 24 when it launched its financial crisis appeal.
Rallying support from the community, families and businesses has seen the centre reach a massive £156,600 to secure its short-term future.
The centre, in Palmerston Drive, in Fareham, needs £49,000 a month to run and would have closed by Easter if money had not come flooding in.
But from pocket money donations to cheques worth thousands of pounds, every gesture has helped it to stay open.
Businesses signed up to become long-term investors and people gave up their time to hold fundraisers, and centre director Lara Bull is extremely grateful.
She said: ‘The support has been amazing and it is great that we have reached the target.
‘It is unbelievable that we managed to reach the target.
‘The whole thing has really been unbelievable.
‘The lady who deals with our finances comes in on a Monday, Thursday and Friday, so yesterday I asked her to total up the fundraising from the appeal.
‘We reached £155,500 and then someone came in and donated £1,000 so we had a grand total of £156,500.’
The centre, which supports children with cerebral palsy and other motor skill problems, as well as adults with Parkinson’s Disease or who have suffered strokes, is looking to have an open day as a way of saying thank you.
Lara added: ‘So many people have contributed to our appeal to make sure our service remains open.
‘But they have not given us their contact details so we have been unable to say thank you.
‘For anyone who has supported us, we are holding a celebration open day so that you can visit the centre and see first-hand how your donations will be used.
‘We would also really like the opportunity to thank those who have helped us and meet our team.
‘Words cannot express how grateful we are; the team, the children, families and our adults and carers will all see the benefit of everyone’s support.’
The open day is on June 21 and will be running from midday till 4pm. There will be a range of activities from games to face painting and live entertainment.
To make a donation to the centre visit rainbowcentre.org or call 01329 289500.