AN online fundraising page has been launched in a bid to safeguard the future of pandemic-hit New Milton Memorial Centre.
Donations are sought for ongoing maintenance at the facility, off Whitefield Road, which has closed to non-essential use for the rest of the year to remain afloat.
As reported in the A&T, the decision to shut was prompted by a failure to secure £5,000 in town council funding.
Once a busy venue for concerts and festivals, restrictions on gatherings to reduce the spread of Covid-19 left the centre just hosting smaller socially distanced events.
The Little Angels Nursery and NHS blood donor sessions – both essential services – will still be accommodated there.
Trustees chair David Luker pointed out community donations previously helped after a fire in 1978 left the centre needing to be rebuilt.
“The charity has no legacy or funds to see it through these tough times therefore the trustees and management committee wish to make an unashamed appeal for funds to ensure the centre can remain open until the pandemic is over and normal activities can return,” he said.
Donations can be made at justgiving.com/newmiltonmemorialcentre
To become a centre volunteer, contact manager Pat Dowdall by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01425 629451.