Gloucestershire

Surprise £200k secures Gloucestershire day care centre's future

Winchcombe Day Centre, near Cheltenham Image copyright Google
Image caption The "surprise legacy" from an unnamed benefactor will mean the charity can continue to operate

A "surprise" donation of £200,000 has secured the future of a day care centre for the elderly, in Gloucestershire.

Winchcombe Day Centre, near Cheltenham, received £35,000 per year from Social Services, up until March 2013 but was due to lose all its funding in April.

Now a "surprise legacy" from an unnamed benefactor will mean the charity can continue to operate.

John Gerrard, chairman of the trustees, said: "This has come as a complete but lovely surprise."

Set up in 1984, the centre provides care for elderly people three days-a-week.

'Extremely grateful'

But over the last two years, the charity has been facing a "serious financial shortfall".

"This legacy couldn't have come at a better time," said Mr Gerrard.

"This year, the centre loses all of its public sector funding and will have to find the entire £82,000 annual running cost itself."

Although the charity is unable to divulge the name of the local benefactor, Mr Gerrard said it was "extremely grateful for such generosity".

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