Monday, 24th November 2014

Charity appeal at halfway mark

A major appeal to save a national charity’s last remaining office in north Shropshire from closure has reached the halfway mark.

Age UK bosses need to raise £7,000 to keep their Whitchurch base open beyond the end of March – otherwise it will close after 25 years in town.

So far the town council has pledged £3,000 towards the fund and thanks to a host of charity events and donations, a further £1,500 has already been pledged.

Whitchurch town councillor Rob Hewson said: “I put a proposal forward last week for the council to make a donation of £3,000 to Age UK which I am delighted to say has been passed.

“We are trying to raise £7,000 altogether to keep it open. The office plays a vital role both in the town and in north Shropshire.

“We had one lady recently who was conned into buying a £4,000 bed from a salesman who knocked on her door. Age UK managed to get all her money back. They really do a wonderful job.

“If this office closes the nearest will be in Shrewsbury. You can’t expect someone in their 90s to travel all that way. We are the last remaining office in north Shropshire and we need to stay open.”

Councillor Hewson said his wife Margaret was planning to hold a fundraising dinner to save the office on February 29 at the Dodington Lodge Hotel in Whitchurch.

Tickets for the event cost £15 and include a three-course meal, £3.50 from every ticket will be given to the appeal.

For more information or to book a place call Margaret on (01948) 667081.