A group of Netherfield residents are calling on the local community to help them raise £1.5m to build a new community hub in the town.
Members of the Netherfield Forum want to purchase the Netherfield Medical Centre on Forester Street when the GPs move into a new purpose-built building on Ashwell Street later this year.
They then hope to knock down the current building, which was constructed especially to house a doctors’ surgery, and build a new community hub for young people and families.
The new centre would replace the Netherfield Loco on Victoria Road.
The team has so far raised £30k, and hope to hit their first target of £230k that would allow them to buy the medical centre.
The rest of the funds would be spent on demolishing the existing site and constructing the new hub.
Tina Simpson is the treasurer of the Netherfield Forum and is leading the funding drive.
Mrs Simpson said: “We want to build a centre to fit the needs for children, young people, families and all our community which has utilities to suit the ever-changing needs of the times we live in. “
“The brand new multi-functional Children’s, Young Persons’ and Families’ Centre would be situated adjacent to St George’s, Netherfield. It would offer all the clubs and activities currently at Loco, and also many more in the future.”
A crowdfunding site has now been set up to help the group reach their fundraising target: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ChildrensYoungPersonsFamiliesCentreNetherfield
Mrs Simpson added: “We have a vision and determination to make a difference for those who live in the area. Our children our our future, we want to inspire, give hope and show you can achieve with a Let’s do it and we can do attitude. “