Tuesday, 12 December 2017

YMCA housing appeal receives £10k boost

ANOTHER £10,000 has been given to the YMCA in Henley to help house young people.

ANOTHER £10,000 has been given to the YMCA in Henley to help house young people.

The money was donated by the Mosawi Foundation, which supports healthcare initiatives and makes grants designed to ?galvanise? communities in Britain, Africa and the Middle East.

The YMCA wants to purchase the lease on the accommodation at its Lawson Road complex, which houses 31 young people. The move comes after YMCA England announced that it is exiting housing and selling the property it owns. The Henley branch owns the land but not the 21 studio flats and 10 one-bedroom flats, which have been valued at £566,500.

It has launched an appeal to raise £300,000 of the total, with the rest hopefully coming from loans and grants, and has until the end of March 2017 to buy the lease. The latest donation brings the total to £223,000.

Joanna Taylor, the trust?s co-ordinator said: ?The YMCA is so well managed and is the best kept secret in Henley. If it weren?t for this appeal it would go under the radar.?

Angela Healey, chief executive of YMCA Henley, said: ?We are extremely lucky that the Mosawi Foundation and the people of Henley are coming out to support us. The bonus is meeting some lovely people who want to help.

?This is the only housing for young people in Henley and we need them to stay. We need nurses at Townlands, firefighters etc and can?t be pushing them away.?

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