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AN appeal for almost £200,000 to furnish and equip a respite care centre is well underway.

People and businesses in Waterlooville have rallied round to support the charity Smile Support and Care which recently unveiled the new respite centre in Hemlock Road.

The new centre, which will provide essential respite care to disabled children and families, will open its doors in early 2015. But the community’s help is needed.

Energie Fitness for Women in Havant, recently presented a giant toy box filled with toys to use.

Smile’s chief executive, Stuart Baldwin, said: ‘This is exactly the kind of community support we need, it’s heartwarming to receive such a response to our appeal.’

Radio station Wave 105 also donated scooters, keyboards, puzzles, games, a blackboard and more. Waterlooville Rotary Club have organised a Santa’s Sleigh Tour in Waterlooville on December 8, 10 and 11.

There will be a collections in Asda Waterlooville, on December 18, 19 and 20.

Appeals director Theresa Elliot said: ‘Whilst have made an excellent start to our Respite Care Centre Appeal, we do still desperately need help to raise those final funds.’

There are posters, sponsor forms, T shirts and collecting tins available for those who want to do their own fundraising. Call (023) 8061 3084 or go to smilesupport.org.uk, or text SMIL20 £5 (or the amount you wish to donate) to 70070.