Celebration of 25 years for Fareham’s Rainbow Centre

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TWENTY five years of supporting people when they really need a helping hand was celebrated today.

Scores of people gathered at The Rainbow Centre’s Bradbury Building in Fareham to mark the milestone.

The centre looks after children with cerebral palsy and other motor-skills problems as well as adults with Parkinson’s, MS or who are recovering from a stroke or head injury.

There were a host of activities for everyone at the family fun day.

Children got to meet their favourite cartoon characters, including Elsa from Frozen, Spiderman and Mr Tumble.

There was also a petting zoo, pony rides, and a laser quest arena.

Helen Somerset How, 65, who was one of the founders of the charity, said it was an emotional day looking back over the last 25 years.

She retired three years ago after leading the charity for 22 years.

She said: ‘It’s an emotional day for me - to see that my legacy lives on.

‘After 22 years it would have been sad for it not to continue.

‘There’s a team of people here that are passionate.

‘They are taking this centre on another journey.’

Picture: Helen Somerset How with Felix Snell, seven, who has celebral palsy, and his older brother Theo Snell