A COMMUNITY group which aims to tackle loneliness is launching an appeal for funding to replace its tired carpet tiles ahead of Christmas.
Cherish Reach and Connect, based at The Cherish Centre on Albert Road, reach out to people generally aged 50 or over who are lonely or isolated, by offering friendship and support, hosting events, classes, groups and signposting to other services.
On Christmas Day, they host a free three course meal with entertainment for around 65 guests. They rely totally on the community, volunteers and local businesses to support this event.
Pam Nickson, one of the organisers revealed: “We are trying to raise funds for a much needed cause, carpet tiles for the Cherish Centre. The present carpet has been down for many many years, going back to when meals on wheels were served from the day centre on Albert Road.
“Many comments have been passed about the stains and marks on the carpet commenting that we need a new one. It's old, tired and completely worn out. 'It's had it's day' as some would say!
“Everything we do, we aim to do in excellence - however the current condition of the flooring is letting us down.
“Our recent events since August included a Welcome Day when more than 100 people came, we raised £1,134, we had our first live entertainment and buffet, and more recently we joined up with Macmillan and Riverside Housing to host World's Biggest Coffee event. This event raised a massive £1,310 for Macmillan.
“Currently we hold weekly art and craft mornings on top of our normal monthly meetings which always involves food. Other groups that are now using the centre are Macmillan craft ladies, Southport Talking Newspapers, U3A sing along, We are also a help point for Playlists For Life who are a music and dementia charity.
“Cherish Reach and Connect rely on donations and we have set up a Just Giving page with the aim of reaching £6,000. We are asking in hope for the public and businesses to come on board and help to support this.
“We know this is a massive ask especially in the current situation and we are hoping for a miracle as we would love to have the carpet tiles fitted in time for our Christmas Day event.
“In the meantime we are continuing to raise funds in whatever way possible. If there are any businesses that would like to support this so we can reach our target and have them fitted before Christmas that would be fantastic.”
To help, visit www.cherishgroup.org, call Dave on 07951813470 or donate to the appeal at