Last month, we brought you details of the Westway Centre’s financial difficulties, as their three-year financial package from Tandridge District Council came to an end. They had just set up a GoFundMe page, in the hope they would be receive enough in donations to keep them running until further funding was put in place.
(Above: The Westway Centre, Caterham)
We contacted the Westway to find out what has happened since then. Trustee June Hopkins provided us with an update:
“Since we launched our appeal for support in September, we have been delighted with both the financial donations, successful grant applications and offers of help made. Our volunteers, both old and new, have been amazing with fundraising help, as well as supporting the staff and trustees.
As of 27 October, we have raised over £50,000. We would like to thank every individual who has donated. We would also like to especially thank Tandridge District Council and the local primary care network, as well as Caterham on the Hill and Caterham Valley parish councils for approving our grant applications.
We are now financially secure to run throughout the winter months and have started working with our partners on helping to secure our long-term future.”
Thanks to grants from parish councils, the Westway will also be running a warm space for people in the local community. It will be open seven days a week, from 10:00 to 15:00, from now until the end of March. For more information, please contact the Westway team on 01883 347230.