Kenilworth Lions, the Rotary Club of Kenilworth and Kenilworth Round Table have come together in a new and unprecedented joint funding arrangement for theKenilworthCentre charity. Each club will provide a grant of £5,000 in 2016/17, with the prospect of two further years at the same level following further review before the end of the financial year.
The total combined grants of £15,000 a year, together with the recent action taken by the charity to reduce its operating costs, will help to address the financial shock caused by the loss of the Town Council’s funding since March 2016. The grants will help to support the charity’s running costs, but also to expand its facilities and activities for young people.
John Whitehouse, chair of trustees at theKenilworthCentre, said: “This is fantastic news. After a tough few months for theKenilworthCentre, I’m delighted to be able to announce such a positive display of local support for our ongoing activities.”
Paddy Murphy, president of Kenilworth Lions, said: “We’re very happy to be backing theKenilworthCentre in this new way, in conjunction with the other two clubs. This is an important local charity, and very worth of our financial support.”
John Boothroyd, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Kenilworth, said: “We’ve worked closely with theKenilworthCentre’s trustees over the past few months, and are confident that they’re on the right road to financial sustainability.”
Stuart Greenwood, Kenilworth Round Table president, said: “Round Table gave a lot of help to theKenilworthCentre in its early days, and we’re very happy to be doing so again. We’re confident that the trustees have the passion and desire to make it work.”