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Romsey Mill's £30,000 drive to fund vital family support

By Gemma Gardner

Neil Perry - CEO of Romsey Mill launches the Christmas Appeal for Romsey Mill . Picture: Keith Heppell
Neil Perry - CEO of Romsey Mill launches the Christmas Appeal for Romsey Mill . Picture: Keith Heppell

Romsey Mill has launched a £30,000 fundraising appeal after Cambridgeshire County Council's decision to end its contract to deliver children's centre services.

The decision has left the Cambridge-based charity, which says that helping families that need vital support is in its DNA, is facing a £249,000 drop in funds.

Neil Perry, chief executive of Romsey Mill, said: “Romsey Mill Centre remains open and we will still continue to deliver youth work for disadvantaged young people, run our autism-friendly youth groups, and opportunities for education and play in our pre-school settings.”

“However, we also remain passionate about helping families needing vital support. It is part of Romsey Mill’s DNA. We do not want to replicate the work that will be delivered by the county council under the new structure for children’s centres.

“But we know that many families will still need help, and may fall through the net. And this has been reinforced by last week’s social mobility commission report, which revealed that Cambridge ranks the 18th lowest area in the country in terms of social mobility for under-fives.”

The charity is hoping to raise an initial £30,000 to help it deliver much-needed support in 2018. This could include specialist support for teenage mums and dads and a welcoming setting where families can make new friends, as well as wraparound care for those who are feeling overwhelmed.

Mr Perry added: “We recognise £30,000 is a large amount to raise in a short time. But this amount would enable us to begin investing in future services for families with children in their early years, when they most need help, and offer them stability of care and support for families, as services change.”

He continued: “For 37 years, we’ve worked with families and young children going through tough times. We work together to help them create a better present for themselves, which then enables them to have a brighter future.”

“We hope that people will support the appeal, and consider donating, and give families a better present for a brighter future.”

To donate to Romsey Mill’s Christmas Appeal – go to romseymill.org or justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/romseymill/christmas17.


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