Plea to give climb­ing cen­tre lift

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

LESS than two weeks re­main for you to help get plans for a new climb­ing cen­tre off the ground.

Time To Care (UK) CIC, a com­mu­nity in­ter­est com­pany, is aim­ing to trans­form the for­mer Everett Charles Tech­nolo­gies premises on Goodall Street into a climb­ing and boul­der­ing cen­tre, multi-sports area, soft play cen­tre, a com­mu­nity cen­tre and cafe. A crowd-fund­ing ven­ture, which uses cash con­tri­bu­tions from a large num­ber of peo­ple via a web­site, was launched ear­lier this month but ends on Septem­ber 2.

The aim is to raise £5,000 by of­fer­ing donors in­cen­tives. For in­stance, £5 will get your name added to the travers­ing wall in the cen­tre; £10 will get you an in­tro­duc­tion climb or a soft play ses­sion; £50 will buy a climb­ing ses­sion for four peo­ple; while £5,000 will guar­an­tee you life­time ac­cess and free equip­ment.

Andy Brooke, codi­rec­tor of Time to Care (UK), said: “The amount of money we have raised so quickly shows in­ter­est is good. How­ever, crowd-fund­ing is a new con­cept which might con­fuse some peo­ple.

“The way we view it is, you are sim­ply sup­port­ing the project by buy­ing your tick­ets early.

A few peo­ple have bought them as Christ­mas presents for neph­ews and nieces. We are also look­ing for lo­cal busi­nesses to spon­sor the cen­tre and we can place com­pany signs and lo­gos around the cen­tre. This will be good for lo­cal busi­nesses to get in­volved in what we hope will be a great ac­tiv­ity cen­tre for the whole com­mu­nity.”

The £450,000 pro­pos­als were ap­proved by Cheshire East Coun­cil’s strate­gic plan­ning com­mit­tee ear­lier this month and it could open by next spring.

The team be­hind it in­cludes builder Andy Brooks and his wife Rachael, ac­coun­tant Karen Mont­gomery, ar­chi­tect Ian Malyan and re­tired po­lice sergeant Mick War­ren. They are now in talks with Cheshire East Coun­cil and Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust about fund­ing.

All prof­its from the climb­ing cen­tre will feed back into im­prov­ing the fa­cil­i­ties and fund­ing its other so­cial pro­jects.

To see a video about the project visit crowd­fun­der.co.uk/ mac­cles­field-mul­ti­ac­tiv­ity-cen­tre.

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