Charity is set for the old library

Aurora Cancer charity are hoping to take over part of the old library building to open a beauty therapy centre, gym and coffe shop.  from left Peter Bradley, campaign manager, Jacqueline Simpkin, trustee, Lynne Rothwell, chairman and Yvonne Severein-Davies, volunteer and member of the steering group (w110301-5)
Aurora Cancer charity are hoping to take over part of the old library building to open a beauty therapy centre, gym and coffe shop. from left Peter Bradley, campaign manager, Jacqueline Simpkin, trustee, Lynne Rothwell, chairman and Yvonne Severein-Davies, volunteer and member of the steering group (w110301-5)
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Bassetlaw councillors have given the green light for a cancer charity to move into the old Worksop Library Building.

Cabinet members voted in favour at Tuesday night’s council meeting to give the Aurora Wellbeing Charity a 25-year lease on the original 1930s building.

The charity, which currently runs centres at hospitals in Doncaster and Mexborough, said it was delighted with the news.

Aurora founder member and chairman Lynne Rothwell said she was extremely grateful for the council’s support.

“This is a great opportunity for us - it’s all about bringing the Aurora experience to Worksop,” she said.

“We are also delighted it’s for the old library building - there’s a real fondess for it and it’s so central to the community.”

Under the four-phase plans, Aurora wants to build beauty therapy rooms, a coffee shop, charity shop, conference training facility and a gentle gym.

The charity needs to raise £500,000 to get the centre up and running but has already raised £20,000.

If it secures Big Lottery Funding it will be open for business in the next 12 months but if not it will be raising extra funds in the hope of opening in two years time.

Said Lynne: “We are under no illusions and are aware of the mountain ahead of us.”

“We are really looking for support from local people and will be holding our annual fashion show in Doncaster, which will star Worksop patients.”

Lynne said the charity is now busy putting the finishing touches to the business plan and sorting final legal issues, and hopes to hold an open day for the public at the old library in the next few months.

“We really want people to find out what we’re about and what experience we can bring to patients with cancer, as well as the wider community,” she said.