A CHARITY is celebrating after providing support to people in and around Northwich for 145 years.

The Salvation Army in Northwich hit the milestone this month and marked the occasion at its church and community centre in Tabley Street.

The Tabley Street centre opened its doors in 1878 and now operates as a community cafe, a support drop-in to tackle social isolation and offers practical food and clothing support, as well as providing a Sunday worship service.

Territorial envoy Claire Marriott-Lodge, the church leader of the Salvation Army in Northwich, took up leadership of the church and community centre three years ago.

She said: “The Salvation Army is renowned for being at the heart of every community and we are proud and privileged to serve without discrimination the people of Northwich, and the surrounding areas, as we have done for more than a century.  

“The recent years have seen us adapt our support to the needs of local people, serving others and offering practical support and spiritual advice to those in need.

"We still find now the Salvation Army has a big place in people’s hearts, and we are able to continue the work we do by the support we receive from our local community and businesses."

Withstanding two world wars and continuing to operate through a global pandemic, the Salvation Army in Northwich has seen a number of programmes run from its church and community centre over the years.

These programes have all been dedicated to serving a variety of people including those suffering social exclusion, people who are vulnerable, homeless and more recently those on the lowest of incomes as the cost of living crisis continues to push people into poverty.

For anyone wishing to support the Salvation Army in Northwich’s Community Fund, donations can be made to justgiving.com/fundraising/tsa-community-support-000073 or in person at the church on Tabley Street.