Home is where you hang your hat – and all our hats are hung at 18-19 Avenue Road. Will you help us keep it that way?
That’s the message from A Rocha UK – which has a great base thanks to the generosity of supporters – but needs new supporter loans to stay there.
A Rocha UK’s ‘home’ is two knocked-together houses in West London (pictured). It’s perfect for their mission – close to Wolf Fields reserve, with accommodation for interns and centre manager, room to welcome volunteers, small food garden and offices for national staff. It’s a Christian community encouraging collaboration at the heart of multicultural Southall – a solid demonstration of A Rocha UK’s core values.
Now A Rocha UK needs help to remain there. It was the generosity of supporters’ gifts and loans that enabled A Rocha UK to buy 18-19 Avenue Road in 2003. ‘We’re deeply grateful to them,’ said CEO Andy Atkins.
‘Having a stable, cost-effective base has been critical to our impact, enabling us not only to do conservation in gritty West London, but also to expand nationally with projects like Eco Church.’
But by June A Rocha UK must repay many current lenders. To take out a commercial mortgage or bank loan would add to long-term costs, leaving less for conservation work.
So the Trustees are appealing to supporters with savings and who can afford to do so, to prayerfully consider making A Rocha UK a loan of £5,000 or more for five years. ‘If we can raise £200,000 from supporters we can avoid the costs of a commercial loan,’ said Chair Steve Hughes.
If you can help, please email Chief Executive Officer Andy Atkins. He will provide more information and answer any questions. Please do not send cheques for loans at this stage.