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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Cumbrian complementary care centre to close after 25 years

A complementary care centre will close its doors to the public for the final time tomorrow after 25 years of service.

Gretchen Stevens photo
Gretchen Stevens

It’s the end of an era for the Muncaster centre which will officially shut at the end of the month. To mark its closure an open day will be held tomorrow for friends and well-wishers to celebrate its history.

Centre manager Moira Briggs said that since the news of the closure was announced, many people have written to staff.

“We have received some truly touching and heartfelt tributes,” she added.

The charity had warned for some time that it was facing financial problems and earlier this year it announced the closure.

A statement by the board of trustees said they would have to “concentrate on funding to such an extent that the core work of the centre would inevitably suffer” if it continued.

It added that the decision had not been taken lightly, but after due consideration of all of the circumstances and in full consultation with the centre’s staff.

The centre was founded by Gretchen Stevens 25 years ago and offered healing by gentle touch – a non-condition-specific therapy that some people believe to be effective over a range of physical conditions.

It has tried to introduce other complementary therapies, but found there was little demand for them.

The open day, from 10am until 4pm, will include refreshments, a raffle and a sale of equipment, there will also be live music.

Also speaking after 11am, will be Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington, centre patron; Dr Tim Sowton, chair of the trustees and Paul Roberts on behalf of the centre clients.

There will be a park and ride system from Muncaster Castle’s main car park.

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