Like many charities and business at this time, Clarke Foley is facing an uncertain future.
Without any income from our café and room hiring, we are completely reliant on donations to maintain the charity and the building.
But Clarke Foley is more than the big square building opposite the car park.
When fully open, we can have over 200 people per day visit our centre.
Those people are mostly the older people in our community. People in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and we are proud to serve them and call them our friends.
These people are your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and great-aunts, uncles and great-uncles.
So what would the community be like if Clarke Foley ceased to exist?
They would have nowhere to meet. Yes, they can go to other cafes, but here at CF, we have the space for people with walkers and mobility scooters. No-one is ever rushed and everyone can take their time.
They would miss their friends. CF is a very social place. Older people who live on their own can come to CF any day of the week and be in good company.
They would lose access to all their social activities. Bridge, scrabble, keep fit, dance classes, yoga, tai chi, art, lunch clubs, health programmes, Moving On and the array of activities on offer would be gone.
The community would be a poorer place if Clarke Foley didn’t exist.
The elder community would lose a lifeline if Clarke Foley didn’t exist.
They would lose a second home and a second family.
It’s hard to be imagine being an older person. Physically you may move slower, you may have health conditions, but you still want to live your life to the fullest.
And that’s why Clarke Foley is needed. We provide a space and the compassion for our older friends to live their life to the fullest, regardless of age, regardless of ability and regardless of what pace they live their life.
That quite simply, is why we exist.
That is why we need your support.
You can donate online at www.clarkefoley.org.uk/donate or to discuss a donation please email us at [email protected]
Thank you 💙