Charity closes in 48th year

A SUDBURY learning disability charity is to close in September after 47 years.

Sudbury and District Mencap Society failed to attract any new members for its committee and will cease operating at the end of its current financial year.

Group chairman Valerie Goodchild said: “We have been struggling for some years. Some of our members are parents of adult learning disabled children, which means that they are above retirement age and finding it increasingly difficult to be as actively engaged in fundraising.”

A meeting has been arranged for all groups previously supported by the society at St Gregory’s Church Hall in New Street on Thursday, June 7.

In the past, Sudbury and District Mencap Society has helped with transport, education and equipment costs for groups including Helping Hands, Sudbury Gateway Club, Avocet swimming and social club for learning disabled, The Bridge Project and the Mencap Friday Club social group.

“At our meeting in March, the decision was reluctantly taken that our only course was to distribute our remaining assets to those groups we have historically supported, and then close the group,” said Mrs Goodchild.

Any groups wishing to receive funding should submit a written request to Mrs Goodchild at 5 Elizabeth Way, Sudbury, CO10 7PG or via email at valeriegoodchild@talktalk.net before May 31.