URGENT APPEAL – SAVE RUBY’S FUND SENSORY CENTRE FROM CLOSURE
Ruby’s Fund was started in 2008 when I identified a gap in support and services for children with additional needs and their families as a result of my own experiences with my daughter Ruby. After five years of fundraising, we found our home at Meridian House in Congleton. In 2014, through hard work and with the support of donations and grants we were able to renovate the building, open our doors and provide our community with much needed facilities, support and services.
Fast forward to today we have been awarded Connected Community Centre status by Cheshire East as we have around 25,000 visitors to our centre per year.
We run a variety of sessions, support services and activities for children and parent carers. We are now entering our third year as a commissioned service by Cheshire East to deliver Short Breaks to children aged 0-8 years with additional needs.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
The lease of the building which houses our centre is coming to an end next year, with no option to extend. Our landlords have given us the opportunity to purchase the property for £295,000.
We have invested so much time, energy and work into this building we will do everything we can to raise the money to purchase it. We need to confirm that we intend to purchase by the end of September 2019 and the funds need to be available by Spring 2020, so there’s not much time to raise the money and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us.
The building will be sold next year whether we can raise enough money or not, which means Ruby’s Fund Sensory Centre as we know it is at risk of having to close its doors. This means people in Congleton, Cheshire East and beyond may lose an important and treasured community asset. Buying the building is the only way to secure our future and continue to support young people and families who desperately need us.
We are grateful for the opportunity to buy our building, but the reality is that we have a mountain to climb in a short space of time to meet our fundraising target. We are committed to working harder than ever before to secure the centre’s long term future and the valued services Ruby’s Fund offers to over 25,000 visitors a year across the North West. Myself, the staff, volunteers and supporters have put our hearts and souls into making this place the success it is today and we would be devastated if it had to close.
Over the coming weeks we will be launching several fundraising events, such as Strictly Ruby’s Ball on 28th September. We have many other fundraising ideas to get off the ground but we need your help more than ever. Please donate if you are able, share this page with your friends or come and help us as a fundraising volunteer.
This is the biggest challenge we have ever faced – please help us secure our future and keep Ruby’s Fund Sensory Centre open to continue supporting many of the most vulnerable young people and families in our community.
Thank you Alison & Ruby x