Charity’s new chairman

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THE new chairman of a charity which supports adults with learning difficulties has vowed to do all he can to help it prosper.

Jack Owen recently took over as chairman of Helping Hands, a charity which campaigns and raises funds on behalf of the Sudbury Resource Centre.

The centre, which supports around 70 adults offering vocational and social training, is currently facing an uphill battle to survive and needs additional funding and more volunteers.

Mr Owen, who is also a town and district councillor, said he was delighted to take on the role and was hopeful for the organisation’s future.

“The resource centre is a fantastic amenity, which has vital importance to the community and we must do all we can to protect it,” he said.

“One of my main aims is to ensure the centre gets the level of statutory support it deserves from those organisations which have a duty of responsibility for it.

“This includes fighting to make certain the centre receives the level of funding and support it needs to retain and enhance its services.”

Helping Hands was set up in 1974 and relies on volunteers for support.

Former chairman Paul Fullbrook, whose son attends the centre, said it was vital it survives.

“I have supported the centre for more than 20 years, but I feel the time is right for Jack to take over as chairman and I wish him the best of luck,” he said.

“I just hope the authorities do all they can to protect this wonderful facility from the threat of closure.”