£100,000 boost for respite centre

Peter Harrison
Peter Harrison
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A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE philanthropist has donated £100,000 to a charity that supports disabled youngsters.

Peter Harrison, who made his fortune through a computer network business, was moved by Smile Support and Care’s 18th anniversary appeal to build a £3.4m short-break centre.

It will cater for families with disabled children from across Hampshire and West Sussex.

The huge donation will entirely fund two family apartments within the centre, which will be built next to Rachel Madocks School, in Cowplain. The Peter Harrison Foundation will be given the honour of naming each apartment to mark its considerable support.

Stuart Baldwin, chief executive of Smile Support and Care, said ‘This donation is a significant boost to the 18th anniversary appeal and means that we can build two new family apartments that will really benefit local families with disabled children and young people.

‘We are extremely grateful for the support and funding we’ve received from the Peter Harrison Foundation and look forward to seeing the impact their donation will have.’

With a need locally for facilities for young people with a disability, the proposed centre will in addition welcome individuals day-to-day and run a daily activity programme to take part in as and when individuals choose.

Mr Harrison said: ‘The Foundation is committed to supporting charities that benefit disabled, chronically or terminally-ill children, in the south east.

‘We are delighted to announce Smile Support and Care as one of the charities to receive a special needs and care for children and young people grant. We are confident that the £100,000 will go a long way in helping to put smiles on the faces of disabled children and their families in the area.’

To help the charity reach its target of raising £3.4m, visit smilesupport.org.uk where you can donate online.

Alternatively, if you would like to fundraise call (023) 8061 6215 or email appeals@smilesupport.org.uk