In November 2023 Kenilworth Nub News reported on the huge financial issues facing the Kenilworth Centre (tKC) in Abbey End.
Since this report we have received overwhelming support from the community, town council, local business and charities which has made huge strides to securing a brighter future for this valued community hub.
As a direct result of the article in November, and the work put in by the trustees and the management team, we can now start to look to the future sustainability of the Centre.
The fundraising activities included community support. tKC benefited
from a wonderful art fundraiser by Paul Miller who painted a series of Kenilworth themed paintings based on photographs submitted by local residents and photographers. The paintings and prints were then sold and over £2000 was raised for tKC. We are extremely grateful to Paul and all who supported this for the phenomenal effort. Also, a wine & wreath making workshop was organised by a group of local mums raising over £500, this will be specifically used to support our Rain & Shine playgroup in the spring and summer.
In addition business support was also secured. A local business Perforated and Stamped Products Ltd – owned and run by former youth club member Joe Baker -came forward and has agreed to support tKC with a significant monthly donation, as well as other support to help develop out youth club offerings. Other businesses
who have come forward to support tKC and Radio Abbey, include Mid8 Music, Regency Fireplaces, Nailcote Hall, Kenilworth Books and The Treehouse Bookshop.
We are extremely grateful to all these businesses for their continued support. If you are business and would like to support tKC please find more information here: https://www.thekenilworthcentre.com/sponsorship/
In addition to these pledges of support tKC’s chair, trustees and management consulted with Kenilworth Town Council to secure support with core funding for the running of the Centre. KTC agreed to help support tKC with significant core funding at quarterly intervals for the next three years.
Mandy Brougham, Chair of Trustees of the Kenilworth Centre charity would like to extend sincere thanks on behalf of all the Trustees who and staff who work tirelessly to run this important resource within the town to all those individuals, businesses and groups who have shown their support over this period of financial challenge.
‘We are greatly reassured by the way in which community members have expressed how much they value the services and opportunities co-ordinated by both the staff and the facilities within our community centre.’
While we still have a way to go to secure a financially stable community centre and valued local charity, to have gained this much support in a relatively short space of time is hugely encouraging and shows what we can achieve in Kenilworth if we work together and support the community.
With this in mind tKC have just launched a 200 for £100 friend of tKC fundraiser, this is an opportunity for local individuals to further support the community centre with a an annual financial donation – find out more here – https://www.thekenilworthcentre.com/200for100/