A pregnancy support centre has been awarded The Broadwalk Centre’s final £500 donation as part of the shopping centre’s Community Fund.
The Broadwalk Centre in Edgware launched the Community Fund campaign, supported by the Times Series, in July last year, and has since donated thousands of pounds to local causes.
Alternatives Watford has been announced as the campaign’s final winner thanks to an astonishing 152 votes from the community.
Alternatives Watford is a pregnancy crisis and support centre working with teenage mums and women who face difficulties through pregnancy or pregnancy loss.
The centre, which was previously known as Connections, was established in 2002 and is the only pregnancy crisis centre in Watford and the surrounding area.
Manager Angela Such said: “Alternatives Watford is truly delighted to receive this money.
“This money has come at the perfect time as we launch our new Postnatal Depression Counselling Service which, alongside all our other support services, means we can support, encourage, advise and care for more women and teenage girls at some of the most difficult times of their lives.”
The £500 donation will enable the centre to offer comprehensive and additional training in their field of work.
They will also be able to pay for new marketing at their local GP surgeries to highlight the new service and make more women aware of the support available.
Angela Brooks, centre manager at The Broadwalk Centre, said: “We were astounded with the number of votes that Alternatives Watford received but it just goes to show how much the service they provides means to the women in the Barnet community.
“As this was our final donation I would just like to thank everyone that has participated and voted for some many wonderful causes throughout the duration of our Community Fund campaign.
“I am delighted too that over the past year we have been able to help Resources for Autism, Hadley Wood & Wingate Football Club's Olympic Legacy, the SAI School of Harrow and The Larches Community for young people and adults with learning disabilities and now, of course, Alternatives Watford.”