CHILDREN with disabilities and their families will benefit from a new £4.4m respite centre, was opened today by Prince Michael of Kent.
The Smile Centre in Hemlock Road, Waterlooville has been built after four years of fundraising to give disabled children a break from their everyday lives.
Steve Clark, chairperson of Smile Support and Care, which runs the centre, said: ‘This centre fulfils a gap in the care that’s needed for children with disabilities, which is absolutely essential.
‘Having Prince Michael here to open the centre is wonderful and very humbling.’
The centre includes eight rooms for children to stay, two family suites, a sensory room, therapy room, cafe and gardens.
It is expected the centre will cater for hundreds of children from Hampshire and surrounding counties each year.