YOUTH charity Base 33 has closed its doors after declaring itself insolvent. 

The news means the charity, based in Welch Way, will no longer be able to support the hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on its books.

Trustees are still reeling from the sudden news about the youth hub, which employed six staff and has been in operation for around 15 years.

Trustee Ron Spurs said: "Base 33 has been a part of the fabric of Witney for a significant number of years and has provided support to a large number of young people not only in Witney but throughout West Oxfordshire.

"The Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the charity’s supporters who have been involved in fundraising and working with the charity to deliver youth services for young people some of whom are vulnerable and required specialist help.

"Base 33 closed its doors today and will not re-open. The staff who have shown great dedication to Base 33 and have worked tirelessly in a very difficult operating environment have been informed of the closure and are receiving support."

Mr Spurs said the charity had no alternative to close given its financial position - which was a result of donations falling below spending. 

Relevant authorities, clients, commissioning bodies and partners are being informed that the charity has ceased to operate - and of the gap it will leave in terms of youth support in and around Witney.