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Thetford’s Charles Burrell Centre launches fundraising campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 13 February 2018

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A community and business centre has launched a new fundraising campaign to help with a series of refurbishment works.

The chairs located on the balcony in the main hall at the Charles Burrell Centre. Those who sponsor a chair for the centre's campaign will get a plaque. Picture: Rebecca MurphyThe chairs located on the balcony in the main hall at the Charles Burrell Centre. Those who sponsor a chair for the centre's campaign will get a plaque. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

The Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford is looking for individuals or businesses to sponsor chairs located in the balcony viewing area of the main hall.

It is hoped it will appeal to ex-pupils and teachers of the former Charles Burrell High School and Thetford Academy south campus site.

Last year the centre - which has 46 tenants including West Suffolk and Thetford Foodbank - was awarded a grant of £112,500 from the Big Lottery through Power to Change.

The Charles Burrell Centre at Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Charles Burrell Centre at Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The community hub has to raise £37,500 as part of a match funding agreement and it is hoped the sale of the chairs could raise around £25,000.

Jenna Ashworth, project co-ordinator, said: “It is a great way for businesses and people to show their support. We have quite a substantial amount to raise. The aim is to get the community, ex-students and staff to feel like they are involved in the centre.”

Husband and wife Wendy and Chris Riches, their daughter Lyndsey, and Mr Riches’ sister Sandra Cooper have all got a chair.

They have also bought chairs for Mr Riches’ and Mrs Cooper’s sister Sharon Brooke, who lives in Australia, and in memory of their other sister Suzanne Riches who died in 2015.

Wendy Riches said: “This is such a brilliant concept using the school for the community.

“We all used to go to come to this school. When it closed down we thought it was a shame but they have just done so much to it. It is good to see it being used and hopefully it will fulfil its full potential.”

There are four phases of refurbishment works to the centre.

Firstly, the balcony area will be redecorated, with new curtains and balustrade installed. Once the balcony area has been reopened those who sponsored the seats will be able to reserve their chair for events at the centre.

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The library will be renovated to create more office space.

The old toilets and changing rooms will be remodelled to offer shower facilities and a new storage area. And lastly the old science block roof will be replaced and solar panels installed.

For more information about the campaign visit the Charles Burrell Centre website.

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