This year has been an incredibly tough year for many businesses including charities such as The Wingate Centre in Wrenbury. The effects of the pandemic, closure of facilities and lockdown restrictions have meant that many charities have been unable to raise vital donations through fundraising events, all of which have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) estimate that the UK will lose a third of its charities by the end of the year, with the charity sector estimated to lose £12bn as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wingate Centre, which provides sport, recreational and residential facilities for over 400 children and young adults with disabilities and special needs each year, had to close its doors completely in line with lockdown restrictions at the end of March. The Charity’s funding diminished by 78% and three quarters of its staff were put on to the Government furlough scheme. The Charity still had to meet expenses of more than £10,000 per month to cover the cost of essential staff, insurance and fixed overheads. Despite this, the Centre remained hopeful and turned to their supporter base for urgent help.
Their successful fundraising appeal has resulted in a magnificent donation of £60,000 from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust which has assured the future of the Centre for children with disabilities. Together with other generous donations from local Crewe firm, Custom Powders, The Attendus Trust and The Olwen McPherson Trust, the Wingate Centre says “we will survive!”.
Chairman, Geoff Parsons, says “without the financial support of these organisations, it would have been doubtful that the charity could have endured this dreadful period. Everyone at The Wingate Centre is deeply grateful to each of them.”
The Centre Manager, Rona Moroney, and the team are delighted to be welcoming children back to the Wingate Centre with a phased reopening of disability fitness and recreational activities from Monday 7th September. Full details of re-opening and classes can be found on their website.