SINCE launching its desperate appeal for cash the Rainbow Centre has raised £101,000.
The centre in Palmerston Drive, Fareham, needed to raise £150,000 to stay open after Easter and now it is nearing this grand total, the team is starting to think about long-term sustainability.
Every month, £47,000 is needed for the Rainbow Centre to run and centre director Lara Bull is encouraging people and businesses to help with its long-term plans.
She said: ‘We have been so humbled by the public’s support and we are incredibly grateful.
‘From Surrey down the M3 corridor to the Isle of Wight, from Poole across to Chichester there are so many families who will benefit from this support.
‘As one parent said, “it restores your faith in human kindness”.
‘But please don’t stop donating or thinking of ways to fundraise for us.
‘Longer-term commitment from our region is what will ensure that this service remains here for another 25 years, benefitting hundreds more children and adults.’
The centre looks after children with cerebral palsy and other motor skill problems. It also provides care for adults who have suffered strokes and are suffering from Parkinson’s.
The team at the Rainbow Centre launched its appeal for donations on March 24.
Since then, people have been making donations from £10 to £1,000.
Lara added: ‘Just a few examples of people donating include a lady who donated £4,000 because she wanted to leave it in her will but decided to give it away during her lifetime.
‘There was another couple who gave £1,500 and a little boy who donated his pocket money.
‘These donations are amazing but we do need people who can maybe give £2 a month or businesses who can give a little more on a monthly basis.
‘We are still thinking about the initial £150,000 but we are starting to think about long-term sustainability now.’