03 Jun 2011

Young people benefit from on-going fundraising by Chichester charity

Cobnor Activities CentreA Chichester-based charity has signed up to MyDonate to help raise the £110,000 it needs to fund the purchase of equipment at the Cobnor Activities Centre.

The trust – a not-for-profit charity - provides outdoor educational activities such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, mountain biking and orienteering for children and young people in and around Chichester Harbour. It is also a recognised training centre for the increasing popular Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The centre reopened last April with modern, attractive, eco-friendly facilities following a £1m refit.

But the project went over budget and now the Cobnor Activities Centre Trust (Cobnor) has begun a second phase of fundraising to help secure investment for the future.

Said Barry Colgate, chairman of Cobnor: “We think we have some of the best facilities along the south coast for children and young people in our community.

“Completing our building project has left us with virtually no spare cash reserves to fund equipment replacements and other upgrades. And our new facilities are creating extra demand.

“For instance, we would like to extend usage of the Centre by disadvantaged young people and families who cannot afford to come to us. Many of the schools who use us require families to make a contribution towards the cost of running the activity and, as a ‘not for profit’ charity, we do not have surplus reserves to fund such costs,” said Barry.

So far the Trust has received pledges of £28,000 from donors but now is looking to MyDonate to try and boost the fundraising efforts.

“What I like about MyDonate is that BT is doing something without charging for it,” said Barry. “I can’t think of any other large organisation that does something like this.”

For more information about Cobnor Activities Centre visit their website or to make an on-line donation please go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/cobnoractivitiescentretrust  

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