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Open day launches new home for charity
5:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
THERE were smiles all round at the weekend as the Shannon Bradshaw Community Centre threw open its doors for a fun-packed open day.
The centre forms part of the new police station on Meeting Lane and is named in memory of former Sacred Heart Primary School pupil Shannon, who died aged seven after being diagnosed with bone marrow condition aplastic anaemia in 2002.
Shannon’s mum Patti, who set up the charity the Shannon Bradshaw Trust to support poorly children in the town, said family and friends had put their ‘heart and souls’ into the centre and were delighted to see people enjoying the new facilities.
She added: “When we were first offered the space for a community centre it was the last thing on our minds but it’s been fantastic and great working with the police.
“Kids have loved the outdoor play area and there’s a quieter area on the opposite side with benches so elderly residents can enjoy a quiet lunch.
“The support we have had is unbelievable and even more people have been getting involved when they see what we’re doing.”
As well as being the home to a mums and tots group and serving breakfast and lunch, the centre will also soon boast a chicken coop, a bird aviary, allotment and a Friday night youth centre.
Teens from the National Citizenship Service also raised cash for more benches on the site and painted a farm yard scene mural to brighten up the garden area.
Patti thanked officers Gordon Jack, John Williams, Matt Kirkham and Julie Barnes for supporting the event which raised £1,000.
Insp Rob Dickinson, from Warrington West NPU, said: “The feedback has been extremely positive with around 320 parents, grandparents and children through the doors.
“It does show, especially to myself and my staff, just how crucial the public see us and it’s a great opportunity to speak with people and spend some time with them away from the demands of operational policing.”
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