Saved Wiltshire charity back on track
A charity saved from bankruptcy by an anonymous Wiltshire Times reader is back up and running and going from strength to strength.
Mental Health charity Wiltshire Mind was due to close last November after it lost a major council contract, but was able to keep going after it received a £50,000 donation from an unknown benefactor.
It is now providing new services across the county after a major Lottery grant.
It received £9,614 from the National Lottery on Tuesday, which chief executive David Mckeigue believes will allow it to expand further.
He said: “This is really good news. The money will help us support hard-to-reach groups who don’t have access to mainstream services or community support projects.
“It will be used to find part-time counsellors with experience of working with this target group, who will hopefully start later this month.”
The charity, which moved from Trowbridge to Melksham last year, has also recently reopened its weekly drop-in sessions in the town.
Mr Mckeigue said: “A number of good things have happened for us; the Melksham drop-in group has reopened, and we’ve also been given some money by Wessex Water for money management sessions across Wiltshire, and one or two other projects are coming up which are very exciting.”
Other west Wiltshire charities to have benefitted from Lottery funding this week include the Queensway Chapel Pre-school in Melksham and Codford Village Hall.
Corsham Modern Sequence Dance Club, which runs dance classes for pensioners at the Manor School in Melksham, also received £1,000.
Treasurer Pat Hazlehurst said: “We offer ballroom and Latin classes, which help to keep older people fit and keep their brains active.
“It’s going to help us enormously as we had been rather worried but now we feel a lot more secure.”
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