PLANS to buy new premises for Gloucestershire’s Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre have fallen through at the eleventh hour.
The Quedgeley-based charity, in Goodridge Avenue, has to move from its current base because the landlord is selling up.
But dreams of moving into a new unit at the Staverton Technology Park have been dashed after another buyer came in at the last minute.
The group can raise about £300,000 for a new property – but it has had no luck in finding a possible home yet.
It runs a vital service for people all over the county who suffer from multiple sclerosis.
Manager Marion Hirlehey said: “We have been in our current home for 29 years but our time here is coming to an end and we had set our sites on moving to new premises. Now we have no idea where we will go.
“Our landlord has been very kind to us so far. We are still here because he hasn’t sold the building yet but we are aware that we need to move sooner rather than later.
“Our needs are quite particular. We need somewhere that’s at least 3,500 sq ft, mostly on the ground floor and ideally between Gloucester and Cheltenham.
“We have been looking at old nursing homes, council buildings and industrial units. We would even move into an old pub if we could a find a suitable one.”
The group has raised £150,000 through fundraising efforts, it also has a provisional mortgage offer and it can access other grants, bringing available funds to around £300,000.
But fundraising efforts are continuing because moving the centre’s hyperbaric oxygen chamber will be no easy feat. The huge machine is used to help people with their condition, but it will cost a whopping £18,000 to relocate the 18-tonne machine because the roof will need to be lifted off and it be taken out by crane.
Marion added: “It is quite a palaver to move it but it is essential.”
The group will be hosting their next fundraising event on Saturday, May 17. It will be a black tie dinner and ball. Tickets are being sold for £45 each and are available by calling the centre on 01452 419246.