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Nursteed Community Centre launches fundraising initiatives
11:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A centre that has provided a meeting place for disabled groups in the Devizes area for nearly 30 years is appealing for financial support.
The Nursteed Community Centre was created by the Devizes and District Association for the Disabled in the old school kitchens next to Southbroom Junior School.
It is home to 16 groups such as Devizes Blind Club, Stroke Club, Parkinson’s Disease Society’s local group and Arthritis Care. Devizes PHAB Club has met there since it opened as the Nursteed Centre in 1984.
But centre co-ordinator Naomi Towers said the disabled groups cannot afford a commercial rent. She said: “We try to keep our charges at an affordable level for them. We charge £36 for a four-hour session.
“For able-bodied groups it goes up to £60 for four hours and wedding parties can hire the building for £100.”
This results in an annual deficit for the association, which it meets through donations and fundraising.
But the DDAD committee wants to take fundraising to another level with two innovations. It is starting a 100 Club and has started an online donations page at www.localgiving.com/nursteedcentre DDAD chairman Barry Mitchell said: “The new initiatives are not just about raising money – we also want to raise the centre’s profile.”
DDAD was set up in 1981 by Jenny Combe and Gazette reporter Lesley Fox.
Devizes Lions Club was among the groups to raise money to build the centre.
For more information on hiring the centre or joining the 100 Club, call Naomi Towers on (01380) 726420 (mornings) or 721821.
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