AN APPEAL to raise money for a village community centre has been hailed a great success – including one donation of £20,000.
Earlier this year the Examiner reported how Slaithwaite Community Centre at Bankgate faced closure without the thousands of pounds needed for urgent repairs.
Locals were urged to get behind the appeal to raise the cash for the centre which is home to more than 10 groups in the community.
The fundraising has been a massive success with businesses, groups and individuals rallying to raise a whopping £42,000.
The cash raised included a donation of £20,000 from one local.
Now the centre’s committee say its future is safe.
Sharon Hockin, the centre’s vice-chairman, said: “The support people have shown has been absolutely fantastic and we want to say a big thank you to them for making it happen.’’
Last year the centre – a former infants school – celebrated its 25th anniversary, but urgent repairs were needed to the building’s old roof, guttering and wiring.
Sharon said: “We needed to get the roof repaired, but were most worried about the electrical work..
“Without this we would have had to shut the centre because as a charity we wouldn’t have been able to afford the huge insurance fee so we desperately needed to raise the money.”
The cash for the centre was raised through various grants as well as a number of fundraisers staged in aid of the appeal, including a murder mystery event and the Examiner Charity Challenge in May.
A chunk of the money needed came from Slaithwaite man Noel Sykes.
Mr Sykes was moved to help out the appeal after reading about it in the Examiner and the centre’s committee plans to dedicate a plaque to him once the work is complete.
Mrs Hockin said: “We were absolutely bowled over by Mr Sykes’ generosity as well as the huge amount of support everyone has shown in helping us raise the money.
“We’re very glad we can say we’re getting somewhere now with the work that needs to be done.
“The building is there for the community and we now hope to concentrate our efforts on raising money to continue to upgrade the building and improve facilities to see the numbers of people we can serve increase.”
The roof repairs and electrical work are expected to be completed before Christmas.
It is hoped future improvements will include a revamped play area and new IT facilities.
The next fundraising events are a pumpkin festival on October 30 and a Blitz-themed dinner dance on December 12. For more information visit www.slaithwaitecommunitycentre.org.uk or call 077138 39576.