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Crisis Appeal – Press Release Update

 
Posted: April 23, 2014 Time: 2:40 pm Written by: Ann Stuart

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RAINBOW CENTRE, FAREHAM

The Rainbow Centre thanks the public for their incredible support –  They have been able to open after the Easter break and have received donations totalling £129,000 so far

 The Rainbow Centre, which provides essential support to children with cerebral palsy and adults with severe neurological impairment, would like to thank the public for its generosity following its crisis appeal which was launched on 24th March.

Whilst the Centre has not yet reached its final fundraising target of £150,000, staff have been touched by the donations they have received so far and a figure of £129,000 has now been reached. This will mean that The Rainbow Centre can keep its service running in April and May which is great news for everyone.

The Rainbow Centre Director, Lara Bull comments: “The support has been absolutely overhwelming, both by the speed and level of support.    £129,000 in just four weeks is incredible and takes us 2.5 months towards our three month running costs target to buy us some time.  We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed, we are extremely grateful for your support.

“For those of you that are thinking of supporting us, we would urge you to help, as your donation could make a massive difference to many people lives, not just now, but for years to come.”

The Centre is keen to emphasise, that whether you have donated £1 or £1,000 or more, all money donated is gratefully received and does makes a huge difference to the lives of the children and adults who access the Centre.

“We have been so grateful to all the press, media and radio stations who have covered our appeal and helped us reach an audience we could have only dreamt of throughout the past month.  This support has undoubtedly played a major part in our campaign’s success.  In the coming month there shall be another push via regional monthly publications who are running stories to support us and, again, we are incredibly grateful as this will help us reach another audience again.”

Whilst funding for April and May is secure it is important that the momentum for the appeal continues to ensure that the Centre’s conservative target of £150,000 is reached.  This crisis appeal is about buying The Rainbow Centre time to ensure that everyone’s hard work and effort has a long lasting effect.

The centre has also had some success with companies joining their “100 Club” Regular Giving scheme and individuals who have joined their “Raindrop Regular Giving” scheme with monthly donations now totalling £1,445.  This is the start of a known sustainable income stream and they would urge anyone who is considering regular giving to consider the centre as it works with individuals from 6 months to 75 years across five disabilities: cerebral palsy; Multiple Sclerosis; Parkinson’s; Stroke and  head injury, so a little money has the capacity to help a great many people.

LARA BULL – Centre Director  22/04/2014