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Children's respite centre opens in Carlisle

Artist impression of the new centre Photo: Carlisle Mencap

After two years of fundraising a respite centre for the families of profoundly disabled children has opened.

The Grace Little centre on Kingmoor Park, has hi tech moving and handling equipment suitable for the most profoundly disabled children.

There is a residential wing with four en suite bedrooms for over night stays.

In the activity wing - which is open to no n residents there is a sensory room, soft play, IT and arts and crafts.

The centre is for youngsters with learning and physical disabilities up to the age of 18.

The centre was made possible thanks to a legacy left by the centres' name sake Grace Little.

Grace had a son called Frank who had Down's Syndrome, they were helped by the charity who run the centre - Carlisle Mencap. When she died, aged 94 in 2010, she left £190,000 to them.

Since then Carlisle Mencap have raised an extra £550,000 to build the facility.

Sheila Gregory is the CEO of Carlisle Mencap she said:

"We are astounded at how quickly we were able to do this and have to thank the fundraisers for all their hard work. We are still raising fund for toys and other items, the next main item we will be raising funds for is a minibus to be able to take the young people staying at the centre out and about."

– Sheila Gregory