A Sheffield businesswoman is kicking off a campaign to raise £2 million to save a city community centre from closure.
Sheffield Megacentre, on Bernard Road, next to Sheffield Parkway, could be set to shut when its owners Hope City Church move to larger premises.
The centre currently plays host to a 57-place Ofsted-registered nursery and nine conference rooms used by community groups.
Sophia Grant, aged 37, is starting a crowdfunding campaign to attract investment and keep the centre open.
Crowdfunding is a method of financing projects through multiple investors. Each contributor pays in a certain amount, but it is only if the project is fully funded that any investors actually have to pay their share.
Ms Grant said: “There are a lot of social clubs and community offerings that are run out of the Megacentre. The nursery is used by local parents as well - if it closes, there will be parents who haven’t got a place for their kids at nursery.
“£2million is a lot of money to raise but I think we are making it attractive to investors.
“The Megacentre is such a big part of the Sheffield community that I would hate for a developer to come along and knock it down. Our plan is to expand on the facilities on offer and turn it into a thriving business for the investors and a place where all of the community can come together.”
Colin Blois, pastor at Hope City Church, which currently owns the centre, said: “The reason we are moving is because we are building a 1,500 seat church over on the Waverley development off the Parkway.
“It’s exciting, we are going to be the centre of this new community.”