A CHARITY which had its county council funding chopped has said it is back on track thanks to public support – and has asked for it to continue.

Neighbourcare, which has been running since 1995, offers a wealth of services to the community and has a client base of about 3,000 elderly and needy people.

In March, the Advertiser reported the charity had lost Hampshire County Council finding of £82,000 a year.

However, since then Neighbourcare manager Pam Delderfield has said she has been overwhelmed with support from the town, including £12,000 in sponsorship along with 10 half page adverts in the Andover Advertiser from Broadway Garage at Andover MoT Corner. The garage has also vowed to get the service’s bus going once more, with mechanics working in their spare time to get it up to scratch.

F u n d r a i s e r Glad Tulk has come on board and a string of fundraising events have been organised to keep the vital service going.

Mrs Delderfield said: “We have had donations and people coming in. It’s nice because I don’t think there are many people in Andover that aren’t involved in Neighbourcare, by either somebody using us or being a volunteer or working for us.

“The community has really pulled together with this, but more volunteers are needed.”

Neighbourcare hopes to generate £2-3,000 through selling tops donated by a local businessman and hopes that support will continue from the Masons and Simply- Health. It is also looking for businesses around the town to take one of its 50 collecting tins.

Planned fundraisers include an It’s a Knock Out style event in Charlton on 22 June and supermarket bag packing later in November.

Mrs Delderfield added: “We belong to the community and with the support of the community we will continue to thrive.”

To volunteer, organise a fundraising event or offer any other help contact Neighbourcare on 01264 404142 or email neighbourcare@andover.co.uk