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Disability centre celebrates 25 years since Diana opening

25 years ago today, Princess Diana visited Eastbourne to open a pioneering development in assisted living.

Shinewater Court has since been a home for dozens of people with severe and complex disabilities, two of whom have been married, many others exceeding expectations.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to service manager Carol Wade and residents Graham and Jane Thompson.

Wanted: disabled people to train as gym instructors

A project to train disabled people to work as gym instructors has been so successful, it's being rolled out again in Kent this summer. The spinal injuries charity Aspire, which runs the scheme, is now appealing for more people to join up.

Andrea Thomas has been speaking to fitness instructor Tom Ervin, from Maidstone, and InstructAbility project manager Hilary Farmiloe.

The course is free for unemployed, disabled people over 16 and is taking place in Ashford in May. To find out more click here.


Mother 'chooses between heating and eating'

The mother of a little girl with a serious heart condition says she is being forced to choose between heating her home and eating after one of her financial lifelines was cut.

Catherine Halliday from Sheerness has been told she is no longer entitled to the £200 a month disability living allowance for her daughter, who struggles to eat and breathe. Andy Dickenson reports.


Labour lashes out at Remploy closures

27 Remploy factories are due to close Credit: PA

The closure of 27 Remploy factories is an abdication of the Government's responsibility to disabled workers, Labour says.

Shadow work and pensions minister Anne McGuire said ministers should have delayed the announcement for longer, giving workers at the 54 factories considered for closure longer to come up with viable business plans.

They believe ministers should have delayed for longer, giving workers longer to come up with viable business plans.

The Remploy factory in Southampton is due to close, whilst Poole's factory is being seen as a potentially viable business plan, so it'll be subject to further consultation.