History of the Rainbow Centre – The Garden of Rainbows

The money raised to build the new centre was not enough to develop the specialist play areas we needed or to finish off the barren area at the front of the building so a new fundraising appeal was initiated.

We applied to The Big Lottery, Peoples Millions grant programme and after careful vetting by the Big Lottery, the public chose the winning project by telephone vote. The promotional film was screened on ITV ” Meridian Tonight” on Tuesday 14th November 2006, when the public was asked to vote between the Rainbow Centre and one other project. Following this broadcast we were thrilled to win the public vote and received almost £50,000 towards the Play Away Activity project.

Finally on Thursday 20 September 2007, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan J.P. opened the new garden and the Play Away Wild Garden (see link at bottom of page).

Shown in R.H. picture:- Rainbow Co-Founder – Helen Somerset How, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire – Dame Mary Fagan J.P., Chairman of Trustees – Mrs Susan Bayford, Mayor of Fareham – Cllr Katrina Trott

Next – Play Away WILD Garden