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Relate has an absolutely perfect office in Chineham
Relate's Sarah Carter with Beryl Huntingdon and Gillian Brocklebank, from Absolutely Offices, at The Manor House
A BASINGSTOKE service office provider is giving a helping hand to a charity that helps others.
Absolutely Offices has stepped in and given office space to Relate North East Hampshire and Borders free of charge.
The charity now provides its counselling service from The Manor House – a Grade II listed building designed and built by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Built in the early 1900s, The Manor House is on the Absolutely Offices campus at Lutyens Close, Chineham Court, just a short walk away from Chineham Shopping Centre.
The charity was previously based at The Orchard, White Hart Lane, in the centre of Basingstoke.
Absolutely Offices managing director Beryl Huntingdon, who is also chairman of Relate NEHAB, said: “The cost of accommodation had risen, and to help the charity, we have given them this space.
“I understand their predicament and wanted to help them through these difficult times. It’s one way of putting something back into the community.”
The charity’s operations manager Sarah Carter is delighted with the new surroundings which she feels are very tranquil and conducive for the counselling work that Relate provides.
Sarah said: “We are very pleased to have settled in our new home in the beautiful surroundings of the Manor House.
“Our clients have commented upon how lovely the gardens are here and that the period feel of the property has been very ‘in keeping’ with the counselling we do.”
In addition to the move, Sarah is keen to raise the awareness of Relate and the charity will be holding a barn dance at Old Basing Cricket Club on Saturday.
On the night there will be a live band, hog roast, tombola and other activities. To find our more, call Relate on 01256 338627.
The charity will also be running a 10-week counselling skills course in September, which will also help to boost its fundraising work. To find out more, call the same number.
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