SAVING The Rainbow Centre is a top priority, says Fareham MP Mark Hoban.
Following the centre’s appeal for donations after a financial crisis, Mr Hoban has met Action CP, a cerebral palsy charity, to discuss the future of places such as The Rainbow Centre.
Mr Hoban and representatives from the charity met to talk about how they can raise the issue of cerebral palsy in parliament and raise awareness of The Rainbow Centre and other places like it.
Mr Hoban said: ‘The Rainbow Centre was the first charity that I got involved with after I was made Fareham MP.
‘It has been part of me for as long as I’ve been MP.
‘I’m very moved by the stories of parents and their children who have had their lives transformed as a result of the work they do at the centre.
‘It pulls at the heart strings.
‘It would be a great tragedy if it closed. It’s important work and we cannot afford to lose it.’
The centre in Palmerston Drive, Fareham, announced on Monday that it needed £150,000 or it would have to close at the beginning of April.
But in less than a week, the community has rallied together and raised £75,000 – half the target.
This will secure the centre until the end of April.
Mark Hoban added: ‘The amount of money raised just shows how much it touches not just the people directly involved with the centre but also the wider community.
‘It is a real testament to the generosity of people in the area.’
The Rainbow Centre was founded in 1990 by Helen Somerset How and has grown over the years.
She said that despite years of recession, the campaign will help the centre get back on track.
She said: ‘Seven years of recession has left us with very few reserves but I’m confident that this campaign will be successful and get us back on track so that we can continue to deliver our vital services.
‘The public can be very generous in a crisis situation and over the years we have been fortunate enough to have had amazing support from the community.
‘I’m sure they will get behind this campaign and help us through.’
To donate to the fund call 01329 289500 or visit rainbowcentre.org.