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Ipswich: Charity’s bid to raise £500,000 in six months

16:50 24 February 2013

Concrete beams lifted into place at Talitha Koum.

Concrete beams lifted into place at Talitha Koum.

A CHARITY working to build a sanctuary for women battling addiction has launched a new and ambitious appeal to raise £500,000 in the next six months.

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Backed by The Star’s Somebody’s Daughter appeal – launched in the wake of the Ipswich murders – Talitha Koum is hoping to reach the milestone by September.

Last year the foundations were laid for the new retreat, just north of Ipswich, but now chief executive John Cobbold is appealing to raise enough to build the Hope Centre.

He said “Wouldn’t it be great if 500 individuals, companies or organisations, could donate £1,000 each to get this project underway.”

The charity has already secured a lease on two acres of land at Witnesham, gained full planning permission and the ground works are in place.

Somebody’s Daughter has already donated £20,000 to help kick start the work.

The accommodation blocks have been built up to ground floor level and the landscaping has been completed, including the planting of an orchard of 25 trees dedicated by various supporters of the scheme.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: “The Talitha Koum plans for a dedicated therapeutic centre will further help families who need hope in their lives. Surely we can find 500 companies and individuals in Ipswich able to contribute to this great idea.”

Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese and the charity’s patron, added: “The concept behind Talitha Koum has caught the imagination of a wide variety of people, companies and institutions.

“It is a clear demonstration that people of good will can work effectively to offer change and hope to a very vulnerable group of people.”

n To donate to the appeal visit www.talithakoum.org.uk or send a donation to Talitha Koum, The Orwell Centre, 114 Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, IP3 8AF or call 07935058685.

n Tell us what you have done for charity. Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email starletters@archant.co.uk

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  • What about all the tax payers who fund their habit through benefits and we cannot afford to heat our homes in the winter. The 500k should come to people who need it and not those who abuse themselves at choice

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