Relaunch for re:charge after closure fears

Relaunch for re:charge after closure fears

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Lucy Golding

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Relaunch for re:charge after closure fears

A determined mother-of-three has relaunched Maidenhead's family support service re:charge less than seven months after its devastating closure.

Hannah Bronniman-Lucas, the former re:charge family support officer, took it upon herself to find an alternative when its Kings Street cafe premises closed in April.

This was due to soaring running costs amounting to £120,000 a year.

The service, which provides invaluable help to struggling families and a place for them to meet and relax has been renamed as re:charge Revive and Restore, also known as R & R.

The pop-up R & R sessions will visit three Maidenhead locations every week.

Already up and running are sessions at Maidenhead Quaker Meeting House in West Street and Larchfield Community Centre in Desborough Park.

St Peter's Church Centre in St Peter's Road will hold its first session on Wednesday, November 13.

"I thought 'no way' when it closed, it is too much of a big need," said Hannah who began looking for new venues on the day the Kings Street premises closed. 

She added: "The families we supported were devastated.

"I said 'I won't give this up without a fight'."

Re:charge celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012 and was used by more than 80 families.

Hannah, who lives in Cookham, had her first child at the age of 16 and relied on re:charge as she brought up all her children now aged 21, 17 and 15.

She first got involved as a volunteer before working her way up to a paid position.

The 37-year-old, with the help of friend Georgie Grathem spent five months working on the relaunch including seeking funding but keeping costs low.

"We have got the costs down to £30,0000 a year," said Hannah.

The project has been funded by Christian charity The Bridge Trust which still owns the project, the Royal Borough and local churches.

Revive and Restore is now looking for volunteers.

Call Hannah on 07805 872603 for details.

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