Tuesday, 24 October 2017

YMCA edges closer to £300,000 housing appeal target

AN appeal to buy housing for young people in Henley needs only another £50,000 to hit its target.

AN appeal to buy housing for young people in Henley needs only another £50,000 to hit its target.

The YMCA has already raised £252,000 towards the purchase of 31 flats at its Lawson Road complex.

The latest donation of £2,550 came from the Henley Carol Singers.

The acapella group, which has about 40 members, chose the YMCA as its charity for 2015 and raised the money through donations at eight concerts throughout the year.

Co-ordinator Judy Whittaker said: “I’m very grateful to all my singers for turning out on wet and windy evenings.



“This is the highest amount we have ever raised, which is fantastic. I hope our bit will make a useful contribution towards the appeal.” YMCA trustee and Henley Deputy Mayor Julian Brookes, who has been leading the fund-raising drive, said: “Thank you to the Henley Carol Singers for raising so much money towards the lease. It’s a great start to the year.”

Rosemary Duckett, who chairs the YMCA’s trustees, added: “I’m feeling very positive that we’re well on the way and that we’re going to be able to buy the lease and the residents are going to have the security of having a roof over their heads.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the Henley people.”

The YMCA must raise £570,000 by the end of March next year with the rest hopefully coming from loans and grants.

To make a donation, visit www.henleyymca.org.uk/donate



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