All smiles as new respite centre gets cash boost

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From left: Alex's father, Stephen Wardle, sister Gemma Wardle, Alex Wardle and his mother, Denise Wardle.

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STAFF at a new respite centre for young people have plenty to smile about after being donated £10,000 from local businesses.

Basepoint Waterlooville, which comprises 51 businesses off Waterberry Drive, presented Smile Support & Care with a cheque help equip their new short break centre.

The sprawling £4m complex in Hemlock Road, Waterlooville, next to Rachel Madocks School, was unveiled last year.

It will offer respite care and day centre facilities for young disabled people – from babies to 25-year-olds.

But the building cannot open until a further £180,000 is raised for all the fixtures and fittings.

Theresa Elliott, head of fundraising, said: ‘Basepoint supported us back in 2012 with a balloon release on the site where the centre now stands, to help get the building work underway.

‘We were thrilled to welcome them back to see the centre and present us with a cheque for £10,000. This contribution will fund the play equipment in the garden which will be specially adapted for severely disabled children.’

Amy Sparling, centre manager for Basepoint Waterlooville, said: ‘We’re delighted to present this cheque to Smile Support & Care and hope that the money enables them to offer fantastic short breaks at their brand new centre.’