Can you help the Howland Centre?

THE Howland Centre, which has done so much to help disabled local people for many years, is appealing for help ahead of its annual Christmas Fayre. Centre staff are hoping generous members of the public will donate gifts for a raffle and tombola for the Fayre on Wednesday November 30 (from 9am). They are also looking for stall items, from costume jewellery to cakes, handbags and unwanted gifts. All cash raised will help keep the centre, which has been hit by a loss of funding from bodies including Kirklees Council, going. Shoppers are also reminded that a fundraising coffee morning is held at the Howland Centre every Wednesday. Committee member Alan Kane said: “I don’t think there’s anywhere else in Dewsbury can do coffee and biscuits for just £1.” He added that more disabled people are welcome to join the centre, which runs art classes by a qualified teacher, a garden and day trips. Weekly running costs, including energy bills, amount to about £700, meaning the loss of grant funding has hit hard. But the Howland Centre, which will mark its 60th anniversary next year, carries on offering support – with membership only £2! One of the ways they are surviving is by hiring out rooms for conferences and meetings. Anyone interested in donating to the fayre, becoming a member or hiring a room can call the Howland Centre on 01924 463693.

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