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Terapia begins £1million fundraising effort to redevelop English Heritage building The Bothy
A children’s charity is about to embark on a fundraising mission to transform an English Heritage “at risk” building into a new centre for psychotherapy and counselling.
Terapia in Watford Way, Hendon, was given planning permission in July to set up a new centre in The Bothy, a grade two listed building, at Avenue House in East End Road, Finchley.
But before the move can take place Terapia needs to raise £1million to restore the building and develop training and therapy rooms as well as sensory and play rooms.
The move will allow the charity to expand the work it does in the borough, providing more space to train people in counselling and psychotherapy as well as providing outreach services to schools.
Bozena Merrick, clinical director and chief executive of Terapia, told the Times Series: “We are very excited to have been given planning permission and are excited about what we’re proposing for The Bothy. It’s a daunting task but we feel very positive about the project.
“The project is about saving this historical building which needs to be given back to the community. At the same time we will bring the vital mental health services to the borough – it’s vital that counselling and psychotherapy is more accessible.”
Avenue House Estate Trust has given Terapia a 75-year lease for The Bothy, which is situated in the grounds of the Finchley estate.
It is in one of the oldest non-Roman concrete structures in England and was built as a large walled garden in the shape of a castle during the 1880s.
In order to start the ball rolling and bring in some much needed cash for the project, Terapia has organised a fundraising ball to take place on Saturday, September 21 at Hendon Hall Hotel in Ashley Lane.
There will be entertainment including performances by former X Factor contestant Paije Richardson and comedian Otiz Cannelloni as well as the chance to hear more about the plans for The Bothy.
The minimum donation for this event is £65 or £600 for a table of ten. To book a ticket contact Terapia on 0208 2016 101 or visit www.terapiacentre.co.uk where you can also make a donation.
Ms Merrick added: “We know it’s going to be a long journey but I know we’re going to get there.”
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