Basepoint Waterlooville gives £10,000 donation to Smile Support and Care charity

Manager of Basepoint Waterlooville ' Amy Sparling, SMILE fundraising team ' Theresa Elliott, Sue Ingram and Cathy Windsor, Basepoint Regional Manager ' Caroline Kendall.

Manager of Basepoint Waterlooville ' Amy Sparling, SMILE fundraising team ' Theresa Elliott, Sue Ingram and Cathy Windsor, Basepoint Regional Manager ' Caroline Kendall.

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Thousands of pounds has been donated to a charity which helps children with disabilities.

Basepoint Waterlooville has given the Smile Support and Care charity a cheque to help equip its new Short Break Centre.

Basepoint Business Centre, which is owned by The Act Foundation, has presented Smile with £10,000.

The charity, based in Waterlooville, provides support and care to more than 500 children and young adults with disabilities and will soon be offering short breaks at the newly-built centre on Hemlock Road.

Theresa Elliott, head of fundraising at Smile, says: ‘This contribution will fund the play equipment in the garden, which will be specially adapted for severely disabled children.’

The purpose-built centre will provide a safe environment with round-the-clock professional support.

It will also have comfortable, specially-equipped accommodation in peaceful surroundings.

Theresa adds: ‘Basepoint supported us in 2012 with a balloon release at the site where the centre now stands, to help get the building work underway.

‘We were thrilled to welcome them back so they could see the centre, and for them to present us with the cheque.’

Amy Sparling, centre manager for Basepoint Waterlooville, says they were delighted with the amount they managed to donate.

She says: ‘We’re delighted to present this cheque to Smile.

‘We hope that the money enables them to offer fantastic short breaks at their brand new centre.’

The ACT Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those in need.

Each Basespont centre, including a Gosport branch, is dedicated to fundraising for a selected charity.

The ACT Foundation then matches any money raised for the charity up to a maximum of £10,000.

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