Rainbow appoints new chief executive

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THE RAINBOW Centre in Fareham has promoted its centre manager, Lara Bull, to the role of chief executive.

The centre, on Palmerston Drive, helps adults affected by Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, a stroke or a head injury and children with cerebral palsy.

Lara, a mother of two from Southampton, officially joined the charity in 2012 as an interim business manager and has since worked closely with centre staff throughout a challenging period.

The centre has come a long way after launching a crisis appeal in March last year, when services were at risk of closure unless £150,000 could be raised to keep them afloat.

Lara, 46, said: ‘I first joined the centre as a member on the board of trustees.

‘I was so inspired by the children, adults and team here that I wanted to give something back.

‘To be appointed chief executive was a wonderful surprise. It has been a huge learning curve but I have an amazing team.

‘We have got a three-month cost reserve now and a new year with lots of events planned, which is fantastic.’

The centre uses a learning system called ‘conductive education’ which helps to build new neural pathways within the brain.

It is a way of training undamaged parts of the brain to take care of motor skills that were once managed by areas of the brain that no longer work.

A research project is now under way to see whether the centre’s services can potentially be delivered further afield if a sustainable income stream can be secured.

The 100 Club is a new way of helping to protect services with a regular cash flow, encouraging corporate engagement from companies that can pledge £100 a month.

The members are invited to a number of networking events each year and are welcome to visit the centre regularly to see the difference their donations are making.

As the charity celebrates it 25th anniversary this year, the public are also invited to sign up to sponsored abseiling, cycling and skydiving events.

For more info visit rainbowcentre.org or phone 01329 289 500.