A CHARITY stands to lose hundreds of pounds after a venue unexpected closed.
The Burton branch of the Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association (RSA) paid £175 to book a fundraising event at The Craythorne, in Rolleston, just days before the venue closed its doors last week.
The group’s plans are now in disarray as it must now find an alternative venue for its annual event, scheduled for November 16.
It also stands to lose up to £600 after paying non-returnable deposits for a Beatles tribute band and disco hire.
Helen Nutland, chair of the Burton RSA said the loss would be ‘devastating’ for the group.
She said: “We only paid a week before - to accept money from a charity as a deposit is terrible.
“It could be £600 that we lose which would be devastating. It’s disgraceful because it’s money that other people have given us.”
Mrs Nutland added that she has not been able to get in touch with anyone in charge of the venue.
She said: “When we heard there might be some kind of trouble a colleague went over there on Saturday and found the gates locked.
“There was a note but no contact number.”
The Burton RSA, which has been meeting for eight years, provides vital educational and emotional support for people with Raynaud’s and scleroderma.
The group aims to increase awareness of the condition and raise vital funds for essential research in the hope of finding a cure.
Mrs Nutland said: “We have up to 130 people attend our events and we raise a substantial amount of money to go towards the research so we are in a sticky situation.”
Andy Knight who runs the restaurant and function facilities at The Craythorne was not available for a comment by the time of going to press.