Rainbow Centre urges people to donate for final push

FUNDRAISING Parents and staff at the Rainbow Centre holding a music time session
FUNDRAISING Parents and staff at the Rainbow Centre holding a music time session

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IT HAS been a whirlwind three weeks since the Rainbow Centre launched its crisis appeal and now they are urging people to donate for the final push.

The centre, in Palmerston Drive, Fareham, has reached £123,000 in donations and is now looking to keep up the momentum to raise the final £27,000.

A total of £150,000 is needed to secure the centre’s future and the community came together to show support by donating £50,000 in the first few days.

The team at the Rainbow Centre, which cares for children with cerebral palsy and other motor skill problems as well as adults who have Parkinson’s disease or suffered a stroke, is looking for new, additional ways to fundraise.

But it is still encouraging people to think about long-term investment. This can include joining the 100 Club.

Sarah Guild said: ‘We have had quite a few businesses sign up to our 100 Club.

‘This means every month they give us £100 which helps with our long-term plans.

‘We hope other businesses take inspiration from this and also sign up.’

Many people have made one-off donations to the centre ranging from thousands of pounds to children giving their weekly pocket money.

Schools and clubs have also been involved by doing dance-a-thons and dressing in rainbow colours.

Earlier this week, the centre welcomed Tarah and Viv from Optimus Flowers Ltd to see the centre and they donated £625.

Nikki Radcliffe, corporate fundraiser at the Rainbow Centre, said: ‘We’ve have had such a fantastic response from individuals and companies as a result of our appeal. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for their help so far.

‘People have contacted us from Dorset, Northampton and as far as Yorkshire with offers of help.

‘We have received incredible support from our local media and we’re confident that this has helped us spread word about our appeal far and wide.’

Today and tomorrow, staff from the centre will be doing bucket collections as Asda, in Fareham, to help spread the word of the work they do.

The centre is also holding an open day on June 21.

To make a donation to the Rainbow Centre text RBOW21 £2/£5/£10 to 70070 or visit their website at 
rainbowcentre.org