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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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Closing after 25 years of caring

MUNCASTER’S Centre for Complementary Care is to close after 25 years.

Established in 1989, the charity provided support, information and treatment for people suffering with ill health and grief. It will close its doors on March 31.

The centre will be holding its final open day on March 8, between 10am and 4pm, to celebrate its work in the community. A raffle will be organised, for a Fortnum and Mason hamper containing 17 bottles of wine, which has been donated by Gen2. Money raised by the raffle will help the centre cover the costs of closure.

A statement issued by the centre’s board of trustees said: “It is with great sadness that the trustees of the Centre for Complementary Care have decided to close the centre.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but after due consideration of all the circumstances and in full consultation with the centre’s staff.

“The centre is on course to end the 2013/2014 financial year showing an operational surplus and could therefore, in theory, continue, but we feel strongly that doing so would mean Gretchen Stevens and her staff concentrating on funding to such an extent that the core work of the centre would inevitably suffer.

“It would be the antithesis of everything the centre has represented over the last quarter of a century and we therefore believe it is both right and proper to bow out with grace, at a time and in a way of our own choosing.

“What Gretchen and her staff have achieved since 1989 is, to the best of our knowledge, unique, and unlikely ever to be replicated anywhere else.

“The centre has helped thousands of people over the years and the loss to the local community will be immeasurable. That it happened at all is remarkable: that it happened here in West Cumbria is little short of astonishing.

“We would like to say how proud we are to have been a part of the centre’s extraordinary history and to thank Gretchen and her staff for everything they have done in the last 25 years, and wish them every success and happiness in their future lives.”

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Well done to all through many years of compassionate caring.

Posted by Bern birbeck on 17 January 2014 at 22:53

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