It is with some regret that we have to announce that The Alan Bott Charity will be closing in the summer of 2024 after 12 years.

Both shop leases come up for renewal in the first half of 2024 which would require taking on new leases for at least 3 years and possibly longer and and the current trustees are not able to continue with the charity as a long term venture because of health issues that are having a serious effect for a number of the trustees and their families.

We are sad that we are unable to continue, but pleased we have been able to provide support and benefit through the provision of around 1,200 holiday breaks since we began, as well as providing direct financial support for Leuchie House over the past few years, Calvert Trust during the covid period, and numerous day trips each year.

In addition, we have been running a café most Fridays for the past three years when we took over the role from the York Branch of the MS Society; and the good news is that we are looking to continue this in the future.

Between now and the final closure, which will be at the end of July 2024, we have allocated the funds we anticipate will be available, for holidays that were already planned and, therefore, we will not be in a position to provide support elsewhere.