The Rainbow Centre is in need of volunteers to get back on its feet

The Rainbow Centre, Fareham
The Rainbow Centre, Fareham

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VOLUNTEERS are needed to help The Rainbow Centre get back on its feet.

Volunteer co-ordinator Ann Stuart said the service required people to drop off collection boxes, help with fundraising events and contribute to the upkeep of the centre.

Ms Stuart said: ‘We’re desperately looking for collection-box volunteers.

‘It’s a bit like being an ambassador for the fundraising team because you would be out speaking to the community.’

Ms Stuart said the role involved identifying potential sites in shops, clubs and pubs for collection boxes, placing the boxes and co-ordinating with The Rainbow Centre.

She said there were no requirements for the role, just a willingness to help the centre by approaching people in the community.

The Fareham-based Rainbow Centre supports children with cerebral palsy and adults who have had a stroke or have other neurological conditions, and depends on volunteers to survive.

As previously reported, the centre is facing a funding shortfall and needs to raise thousands of pounds to keep its doors open.

Ms Stuart said the centre was also looking for a volunteer handyman.

She said: ‘It would be on an ad-hoc basis, a half a day a week, to take care of the upkeep of the centre as well as our three charity shops in Fareham, West End and Milton.

‘There would be painting and decorating involved, some basic plumbing and general DIY projects like putting up shelves and so on.’

Ms Stuart said there were also volunteer positions open as sales assistants in The Rainbow Centre’s Fareham charity shop.

She said the centre also needed people who could help with fundraising events.

Ms Stuart said: ‘We desperately need events volunteers.

‘I’m hoping to build up a database of people we can call of who can come along to fundraising events and help out. It’s basically to assist with setting up, to participate in collections, serve refreshments and act as a marshall.

Ms Stuart said anyone interested in volunteering could call 01329 289500.

Meanwhile, Rainbow Centre staff have thanked the public for its ‘incredible support’ during the centre’s fundraising campaign.

The centre has raised £129,000, allowing it to keep operating and providing support to hundreds of children and adults with neurological conditions.

Centre director Lara Bull said: ‘The support has been absolutely overwhelming.

‘£129,000 in just four weeks is incredible and takes us two-and-a-half months towards our three-month running costs target to buy us some time.

‘We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed, we are extremely grateful for your support.

‘For those of you that are thinking of supporting us, we would urge you to help as your donation could make a massive difference to many people.’

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