Rushden charity runs out of money

Chrissy Nikel, far right, receives a cheque from Waitrose earlier this year
Chrissy Nikel, far right, receives a cheque from Waitrose earlier this year

A charity that helps families in Rushden is closing after failing to secure enough funding.

Family Action In our Region (Fair) has announced it is to close on Friday, October 31.

A heartfelt statement released earlier this week by the charity said: “The trustees of Family Action In our Region have been considering the future sustainability of the organisation in the face of the current and unprecedented difficult financial situation.

“As you may know we have struggled over the last two years to secure adequate funding to provide all the services needed by our community.

“So it is with sadness that I write to inform you that due to the current economic climate it has become necessary to close Fair.

“We will be closing on October 31 with a final celebration of the achievements of this much-loved organisation which grew from an idea of two local headteachers 15 years ago.”

The charity provides a safe meeting place for parents and children to rebuild relationships.

It has suffered from a cut in its county council funding and has found it difficult to secure funding from elsewhere.

General manager of Fair Chrissy Nikel told the Northants Telegraph earlier this year: “In the past two years we have made more than 300 applications for funding to different organisations.

“We have only received acceptances from about 50 of those but from most we don’t even get a response.”

Fair received council funding of £150,000 in 2010/11, this was cut by more than half to £57,000 in 2011/12 and then fell to £48,000 in 2012/13.

The charity’s income from councils in Northamptonshire during 2013/14 was expected to be less than £25,000.

The county council’s strategic grants programme finished in 2011 when the council changed the way it funds the voluntary sector and moved towards commissioning services on the basis of need.