Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Disabled children’s centre marks decade of caring

THE Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley has launched an awareness and fund-raising campaign to mark its 10th anniversary.

THE Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley has launched an awareness and fund-raising campaign to mark its 10th anniversary.

It comes a year after the centre’s future was secured following a successful appeal to raise £350,000.

Now the charity wants to increase the number of regular givers and friends who help organise fund-raising activities. About a dozen supporters attended an open day at the centre off Greys Road on Saturday.

Henley Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak and Alan Popham, who chairs the Gentlemen’s Friday Lunch Club, handed over two cheques totalling £5,800.

On Sunday, six families went to the centre to see the facilities and a children’s entertainer performed for them. The centre, which has 22 staff and volunteers, provides respite care for more than 85 families of children and young adults with severe physical and learning disabilities.

Paul Barrett, chairman of trustees, said: “Our problem at the moment is not financial but staffing — we really need people. We have had three crucial people leave. One left to get married after nine years with us and another lady, a nurse, has gone part-time.”

The available roles include a new registered manager to report to director of services Marion Lee, two senior care workers and a nurse.

To apply, call the centre on (01491) 575575.

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