History of the Rainbow Centre – The Garden of Rainbows

The one million pounds raised for the new building was not enough to develop the specialist play areas wanted for our back garden (see below), or to “finish off” the barren area at the front of the building (see below), so fundraising was initiated for this ‘Play Away’ project.

An application was made to The Big Lottery, Peoples Millions grant programme, which is aimed at helping to make the local community a better place in which to live by improving the environment. After careful vetting by the Big Lottery, the public chose the winning project by telephone vote. The promotional film about the project 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.

On Thursday 20 September 2007, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan J.P. officially declared the new garden open. She also opened 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

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