Re:charge community project set to close

Re:charge community project set to close

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Paul Miles

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Re:charge community project set to close

A community project has announced it is to shut its doors for the last time tomorrow.

A lack of funding has caused re:charge in Kings Street to close only five months after it celebrated its 10th anniversary.

"We are all gutted," said service manager Hilary Bone.

"We have all worked really hard."

The project helps young people, parents and families in Maidenhead who are facing difficult situations.

It relies on individual donations and grants to be able to survive and meet the £120,000 cost of running the project each year.

But mother-of-one Hilary says they have been struggling to generate the cash for the past year to meet costs and would now need 'to win the lottery' in order to keep on going.

"It is a sign of the times that we are having to close," added Hilary who has a background in PR and marketing.

An average of 80 families come through the re:charge doors each year with about 25 volunteers and six members of staff offering their support.

Hilary, who has worked at the community project for nine-and-a-half years, describes it as a 'second home' for families where they can get advice and help when in need.

Other community groups which use the premises are also having to find new homes with many taking up space in High Street Methodist Church.

Christian charity The Bridge Trust, which owns re:charge, will continue to operate.

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