September 2nd 2011
It was a great day. A local charity has achieved in a near miracle in opening a wonderful centure for children with health problems. The Sparkle Appeal battled against all the odds to raise a very substantial sums to set up the centre.
Thanks were expressed to the South Wales Argus and the many others involved who took on a Herculean task and succeeded. The centre was opened by Wales' First Minister, Carwyn Jones The Welsh Government are paying the lion's share of the costs.
The Sparkle Appeal is a local charity dedicated to providing a purpose built centre and facilities helping the 1200 children with complex disabilities in the South Gwent area to have treatment, care, information, leisure facilities and consultations all under one roof. Through the generosity of our supporters and donors we are delighted to welcome the first children and families from April 2011.
Serennu says : 'The Centre is looking fantastic, and although we still have a lot more to do, it is an enormous step forward for all of the families inSouth Gwent who have eagerly awaited its opening. The essential elements will all be in place when children first start to use the Centre, but there is still a large amount of specialist equipment that the therapists would like to have in place, that we need to raise more funds to purchase. Currently the children and their families have to travel out of Wales in order to access a lot of this equipment.
In addition, we have been able to fund some of the sports and play facilities that the families need, but there is still quite a way to go to provide all of the facilities we would like, including a specialised playground outside, an outdoor 'classroom' where therapists can vary the child's treatment by performing it outside, and the children can use the area for playing in between sessions, a 'cycle' path around the grounds suitable for wheelchairs as well, etc. All of these additional facilities and equipment require us to raise a further £500,000'.