October 26, 2020 1:39 pm | Published by



A crowdfunding campaign which raised over £500,000 in just 36 hours has saved The Nicky from immediate closure

The Nicky Alliance Centre, offering activities and support for the elderly, has been shut since March due to the pandemic.

Following four years of operational losses, consideration was given to closing the Centre and selling the building. But the success of the fundraising drive has prompted a dramatic turnaround and the these plans have been dropped.

MJCC chief executive Michelle Wiseman said the response from the community had been “unbelievable. I just didn’t realise how much support there is out there.

“It’s highlighted how much of a need there is for the Nicky Alliance Centre.”

The money raised would “keep us going for the foreseeable future”, helping to minimise the charity’s deficit.

Throughout the pandemic The Nicky has continued to provide hot kosher meals through its Meals on Wheels initiative and contact has been maintained with all the members.  The Nicky was delighted to have been able to help Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation over the High Holy Days with extra services being held at the Centre on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The building has also been refurbished and redecorated to make it COVID compliant and safe for the members to eventually return.