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Community Wellbeing Appeal Well on Track

Published: 14th November, 2013

 Published 14th November 2013

Community Wellbeing Appeal Well on Track

The residents of the Church Stretton area have responded magnificently to the urgent Appeal for pledges of £100,000. The Appeal aims to complete the necessary funding for the £1million scheme to create a trail-blazing multi-purpose Health & Wellbeing Centre. This commitment is needed by Christmas, so as not to forfeit a substantial share of Trust Fund backing for the scheme, already promised. In just six weeks, over 340 residents have made pledges of whatever they could afford, ranging from £10 to £5,000. This gives a total, to date, of £89,000, such has been the ready commitment of local residents to ensure this Centre is created to meet the growing and varied health and social care needs of the community.

That commitment is exemplified by Ian Barnes of Bluebird Care, who completed a 60-mile sponsored walk with his dog, Rory, despite being kicked by a horse within an hour of starting! Other fund-raising events are also underway. Cardington is holding a pub quiz and the Wistanstow Players have pledged a share of their pantomime takings. The More Singers are committing all of the proceeds of their Christmas Concert on December 14th. A Springtime Ball is planned for early March.

The local Women's Institutes are banding together to serve special "W.I Breakfasts" at the Mayfair Centre every Saturday morning up to Christmas from 9.30am to 12 noon (except November 30th). Saturday shoppers are urged to add these Breakfasts to their weekly routine to help swell the Appeal. As hoped, this demonstration of community commitment is already impressing other Trust Funds, to whom the Appeal organisers are applying for the final £100,000 of match funding.

Local residents can track the progress of the Appeal on the thermometer, now erected outside what is planned to be the new Health & Wellbeing Centre. The attached photo shows, Bob Welch, Appeal Chairman and Nicola McPherson, Mayfair Chief Officer applauding the Appeal's progress.

Bob Welch, Chairman of the Church Stretton Health & Social Care Partnership, commented: "We are delighted that local residents and organisations have proved so willing to support this Appeal, recognising the potential value to the community of the proposed new Centre. I'd like to encourage all who are intending to pledge support to do so without delay and to encourage others to do the same!"

Full details of the scheme and a pledge form can be found on the Mayfair website: or by phoning the Mayfair Centre on 01694 722077

or Bob Welch, Chairman of the Appeal 01694 722998 email

Published 14th November 2013