Ruby’s Fund was started in 2008 when I identified a gap in support and services for children with additional needs and their families as a result of my own experiences with my daughter Ruby. After five years of fundraising, we found our home at Meridian House in Congleton. In 2014, through hard work and with the support of donations and grants we were able to renovate the building, open our doors and provide our community with much needed facilities, support and services.
Fast forward to today, we have been awarded Connected Community Centre status by Cheshire East as we have around 25,000 visitors to our centre per year. We run a variety of sessions, support services and activities for children and parent carers and are now entering our third year as a commissioned service by Cheshire East to deliver Short Breaks to children aged 0-8 years with additional needs.
We are so proud of everything which we have built from that idea back in 2008 and the help and support we give families across Cheshire and Staffordshire.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
The lease of the building which houses our sensory and play centre is coming to an end next year. We have not been given an option to extend our lease period but our landlords have given us the opportunity to purchase the property.
Ruby’s Fund will continue to operate, whether it’s in our original building or not, but we have invested so much time, energy and work into our current home and we would love to raise the money to purchase it. It will go up for sale at the end of 2019.
We are grateful for the opportunity to buy our building, but the reality is that we have a mountain to climb in a short space of time to meet our fundraising target. Myself and my team are committed to working harder than ever before to buy the building and over the coming weeks we will be launching several fundraising events. Please donate if you are able, share this page with your friends or come and help us as a fundraising volunteer
We want to reassure our customers that the valued services and support which Ruby’s Fund offers to the people who need us will continue. We will find an alternative premises if we are unable to raise the funds to purchase Meridian House.
Alison & Ruby x