Aldingbourne Trust aims to achieve millions to continue

Funding cuts to a leading social enterprise charity have resulted in its launching a multi-million pound fund-raising campaign.

The Aldingbourne Trust is mounting its £4m plea for corporate sponsors following West Sussex County Council’s decision to considerably reduce its budgets on community care.

Abigale Rowe, finance director of the trust, says its work proved an invaluable lifeline to the hundreds of people with learning disabilities who use its services and are employed in active roles at its Aldingbourne Country Centre base.

She said: “We are expecting around 30 percent cuts from the county council, so we believe the amount we will need to successfully expand the centre is around £4m over the next three years.

“This is going to take a large amount of community support for this campaign, but we will be launching a number of fund-raising events including an open day which is being held in April.

“We are looking for corporate partners to be a part of the campaign and they will get a lot in return for their support including discounted use of our conference facilities which can accommodate up to 150 people, plus the chance to utilise corporate team-building programmes which we feel would be great for businesses,” added Ms Rowe, who revealed the cuts had caused considerable concern among its hundreds of clients.

As mentioned by the Observer, a number of those employed at the centre fear disability support re-assessments by the county council will leave them potentially worse off than they presently are.

JustGiving has introduced Company Fundraising tools to its site as it recognises that employees already raise millions of pounds in a personal capacity.

The Trust has a number of events planned over the course of 2012.

These include a county-wide coffee morning, charity auction to securing places on national challenges For information on becoming a corporate partner contact michellem@aldingbournetrust.co.uk or visit the trust’s website.