Honiton mobility charity aiming to revive friends group

PUBLISHED: 14:20 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 08 January 2018

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TRIP says it can bank an extra 'several thousand pounds' if it was able to set up a small fundraising group.

Thousands of pounds could be raised each year if a Honiton mobility charity realises its goal of setting up a friends support group.

Neil Hurlock, manager of TRIP, based in New Street, is vying to create a six-member strong group of active fundraisers and volunteers to help organise events and engagements in aid of the charity throughout the year.

Mr Hurlock says ‘several thousand pounds’ could be injected into TRIP’s financial reserves through the group’s activities.

He added: “We need this fundraising sub-committee to drive forward fundraising events and help ensure the wheels on the bus do not fall off, so to speak.

“In the past we have had such a group, but unfortunately over the years people have passed away or grown too old to carry on.

“We want to revive the friends group. We are facing more and more financial pressures and we need to explore all avenues to reduce those constraints.

“We are fighting the preserve the services we provide for people in this area which are very much appreciated.

“It would be ideal if half a dozen volunteers could come on board, who would work with existing committee members to help drive things forward and set up some events throughout the year.”

Despite the growing pressures facing the charity, Mr Hurlock revealed that it is still achieving financial success.

He added: “We are £2,500 better off on January 1, 2018 than we were on January 1, 2017.

“However, we still need to rase more money on an ongoing basis to ensure that our services continue.

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