A UNIQUE Blackpool charity is appealing for a lifeline, as it fears it may be forced to close.
Bosses at MOSAC (Mothers of Sexually Abused Children) Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre – based on Topping Street, Blackpool – say they are desperate for help with fund-raising as the recent recession and global financial crisis has left them struggling.
They say they fear the charity might not be able to stay open at its current premises – leaving hundreds of vulnerable women and families without vital support.
Sue McGurty, who set up the charity 16 years ago, said: “We don’t want to panic people, because it’s not at that stage yet. But we are really struggling.
“I think the service could be under threat if we cannot get help.
“We realise times are hard for everybody, but with so many charities asking for money, Mosac is a bit of a Cinderella charity.
“We are only a small charity and I think part of the reason we struggle is because of the issue we are dealing with – sexual abuse. There is still a lot of stigma around it.
“I think people don’t like to talk about it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
“I know from personal experience it’s the kind of thing you think will never happen to you, something that happens to other people – but if it does happen to you, your world just falls apart.
“Our charity is very unique and it really is something Blackpool should be proud of.
“People who have used our service have said they don’t know what they would have done without it.
“It just helps women feel they are not isolated, they are not alone, they are not the only ones – and helps them deal with the guilt, the shame, the embarrassment and anger.
“We have a fantastic counselling service and the centre offers somewhere for these women to go. It’s a safe place, where they feel comfortable.”
Sue is hoping local people will help get behind the charity by arranging fund-raising events – such as a jumble sale, bag pack or quiz night, perhaps local businesses might provide donations or residents might consider setting up a direct debit from their bank account or volunteering at Mosac.
She said: “Anything anybody can do to help us would be a big help.
“We do get a lot of support from people, businesses such as Glasdon give us donations and we are very grateful, and Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, supports us.
“We are very grateful for any help we get.
“It’s getting to the stage when we are going to struggle with the rent and, while the landlord is great, it does have to be paid.
“We are all volunteers so there are no wages to pay – it’s just overheads, things like bills and so on.
“We really are hoping someone can offer us a lifeline.”
Anyone who can help Mosac is asked to call (01253) 628598.