Widow Di Wilson, who is determined the good work of Devizes Opportunity Centre will continue, has donated £1,000 from the proceeds of selling her house to our Give Us A Chance Appeal.

Mrs Wilson, 72, who now lives in Swindon, worked a supervisor at the centre for 11 years and still volunteers every Thursday.

She said: “The time I spent working at the centre were the best years of my career.

“It does a fantastic job and I would do anything to make sure its work can continue.

“I wanted to make a donation and now I have sold my house, near Calne, I can afford to do so.”

Mrs Wilson worked for many years at the unit for children with special needs at Wansdyke School and had a close relationship with the opportunity centre, seeing the good work it did with pre-school children.

After leaving Wansdyke, she was offered a job as a supervisor at the centre and continued as a volunteer after she retired.

She said: “I still go in every Thursday morning and just do whatever they need me to. I love staying in touch with everyone. I come in on the bus and use my pass, so it is ideal.”

Manager Betty Newman said: “Di’s donation was very generous. She has known us for years and understands exactly what we do here.”

There are now just a few hours left for people to be able to vote for centre to receive the top grant sum of £3,000 from the Lloyds Community Fund.

The voting ends on Friday at 11.59pm.

To cast a vote, go to communityfund.lloydsbank.com Supporters do not have to bank with Lloyds to vote.

Mrs Newman visited the bank last week with an information stand, including Gazette cuttings, so customers could vote with special coupons.

She said: “The response was very positive. Thanks to the Gazette, many more people now seem to know what we do.”

The latest donation is £400 from Melksham Town Council, to help pay for transport to the centre for town youngsters.

A fundraising curry night, costing £15 a ticket, will be held at the Taste of Bengal in New Park Street on Sunday. To book, call (01380) 726077.