STAFF at three Sheffield charities handed lifelines by Secret Millionaire Chai Patel are finally able to share their delight, months after they were sworn to secrecy.
Tracy Viner, fundraising manager at the Cathedral Archer Project, said it had been tough to hold in the news.
She said: “There was a big gap between going through the filming, then discovering what it was really about, and finally being able to share the news. We are delighted!”
Steve Rundell, general manager at Gleadless Valley Community Forum, said he was ‘over the moon’ about the windfall.
He said: “This will make a huge difference to our work with older people in the community.”
The forum has already bought a new minibus with the money, which will allow it to transport elderly people away on day trips and activities.
Mr Rundell added: “Dr Patel is a lovely, lovely man, really friendly and warm.
“He was genuinely interested in the work we do, how we connect to and work with the community.”
Grace Tebbutt House, a sheltered housing scheme for vulnerable women in Nether Edge, was threatened with closure before Dr Patel stepped in to ofer a financial lifeline.
Project manager Dawn Harris said: “This will enable our organisation to keep going.
“We were due to lose council funding in March – we have had some dark days.
“Dr Patel was absolutely fantastic.
“All the girls really took to him.”