Urgent appeal for helpers as charity enters 40th year

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The long-term survival of a Sudbury charity hinges on its ability to attract more volunteers, according to its chairman.

Helping Hands, which raises money and campaigns on behalf of adults with learning difficulties who attend Sudbury Community Hub, will make a renewed appeal for help at its annual meeting this month.

Charity chairman Jack Owen said: “Over the last couple of years, due to a number of reasons such as age and other commitments, a number of committee members have stepped down or decided to do a little less.

“It is important we replace some of these people as a matter of urgency to enable us to remain operational in the longer term.”

Last year, the charity, which has supported hundreds of people during its 40-year existence, set up a youth committee.

Mr Owen said despite this being a success, more young blood was needed.

“We are looking for community-minded individuals who may have some spare time on their hands,” he said.

“We are particularly keen to attract some younger people on to the committee or maybe people looking to get back into a routine after being out of work for a while.

The meeting will be held at the charity’s Northern Road base on May 14 at 7pm.