New sensory room opens thanks to construction firm at Portsmouth centre

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CHILDREN and families will now be able to enjoy an improved community room thanks to help from a construction company.

The EC Roberts Centre, in Crasswell Street, Landport, works with people dealing with homelessness or families difficulties.

Staff wanted to expand a community room inside their centre and construction company BAM stepped in to help.

Within three weeks the firm transformed the area to include a new kitchen, flooring, carpets and blinds, costing £20,000.

The room has been named the James Coulson Suite, after a former Portsmouth University student, who died suddenly in the late 90s.

His parents, Charles and Pauline Coulson, of Leicestershire, have regularly given funding to the centre.

Chief executive Carole Damper said: ‘It’s amazing what the company has done for us – truly amazing.

‘It’s reassuring about mankind considering the difficult time we’re in.

‘It’s unusual for one to think a private sector company would help a small place in Portsmouth like they have.

‘We are very grateful.’

The room was formally opened by a host of people, including Mike Davison, chairman of The EC Roberts Centre, and John Craven, vice chancellor of Portsmouth University.

BAM site manager Matt Crookes said: ‘It’s extremely rewarding being able to contribute to a cause which really will bring about a significant benefit to the community.

‘The staff at the centre are so grateful and that makes it all worthwhile.’