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Future of Camborne's Donald Thomas Centre to be decided

By WBJLock  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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THE future of Camborne’s Donald Thomas Centre (DTC) could be decided at a meeting on Thursday when councillors will discuss if they can supply urgent cash to keep it running.

Trustees of the elderly day care centre claim it fell into financial difficulty after Cornwall Council pulled its funding last year.

Now supporters are frantically trying to secure £24,000 to keep it open over the next 12 months.

They have asked Camborne Town Council to plug the funding gap with a cash grant of £24,000.

The council’s budget and development committee will meet on Thursday 6.30pm to discuss whether the DTC can be supported. The meeting will be held at Cornwall Council’s Camborne office on Dolcoath Avenue.

The committee’s decision will then have to be agreed by the town’s full council at a later meeting before funding is released.

One of the trustees, Jean Charman, said the centre offers a “vital service”.

She said: “We need the support of Camborne Town Council and require £24,00 to allow us to continue this service.

“Once we have their financial support other funders will follow and strategies can be put in place to make the DTC financially independent in the future.

“The DTC provides a valuable service for the elderly and vulnerable in our community. It is a safe haven where they can have a hot meal, keep safe, warm, and enjoy the company of others.”

At a Camborne Town Council meeting in December, it was agreed to explore whether financial support could be given to the centre.

In that meeting Cllr Stuart Ogers said: “This is, I think, a vital service to the local community.”

Meanwhile cllr Colin Godolphin warned the council that if this is passed it could set a precedent for the council to bail out organisations.

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