08:33AM, Tuesday 04 September 2012
A charity that offers a lifeline for people with mental illness has received a blow.
After 36 years of being allowed the free use of Windsor's historic Guildhall for its main fundraising dinner, Windsor Mencap has been told it must pay this year.
The dinner is the charity's main source of income for running its successful clubhouse in Helston Lane.
The charity's president - Eton's pharmacist and former mayor Douglas Hill - has organised the dinner for the last 36 years.
He refused to criticise the Royal Borough's mayoral office, which is overwhelmed with charities asking for free use of the Guildhall.
He said: "It has been made clear to us every year that we have been chosen on a one-off basis. We are just lucky it lasted so many years."
This year's Windsor Mencap dinner will still be held at the Guildhall. But the charity needs to raise £1,000 from supporters to cover the cost.
Contact Mr Hill on 01753 863819 or Stuart Adnitt on 01753 753444.
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