Town centre charity hub given cash boost

Kath Liddle, CEO of Style Acre, is pictured with Dorothy Cantrell, president of the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell. They are sat behind the light beam machine which will be used by young adults based at the centre in Banbury. NNL-150105-124134001
Kath Liddle, CEO of Style Acre, is pictured with Dorothy Cantrell, president of the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell. They are sat behind the light beam machine which will be used by young adults based at the centre in Banbury. NNL-150105-124134001

Banbury’s new Style Acre building has welcomed a £4,000 cash donation towards equipment as it gets set to open its doors next month.

Members of The Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell visited the new base on Butcher’s Row last Friday, where their president Dorothy Cantrell handed over a cheque to the charity’s CEO Kate Liddle.

The amount raised by the club has gone towards a light beam machine, a touch-free system that allows young adults with learning difficulties record music with their hands and feet.

Tony Carney, rotarian for Banbury Cherwell, said: “In Dorothy’s year as president we realised there was no where for people aged over 18 to go after they leave Frank Wise School. We heard about Style Acre’s work and wanted to do something to help. I can remember this building when it was a night club, and the transformation is amazing.”

The nine-month project cost £900,000 and will officially open on June 12. It will house eight young adults, as well as having a sensory room, community room and IT suite.

It marks an incredible transformation of the building, which was a former nightclub, and had been derelict for several years.

Mrs Liddle added: “The rotary club have been incredbly supportive with their events, and everyone is really looking forward to the opening.”