Charity’s new £200,000 extension officially opens

The new cafe which is part of the extension at Pathways4All's Tim Lamb Centre.

The new cafe which is part of the extension at Pathways4All's Tim Lamb Centre.

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A charity supporting disabled children has unveiled its new-look premises following a major extension.

Pathways 4 All, which supports children with disabilities, held a special celebration event as it marked the re-opening of its Tim Lamb Centre based at the Rising Sun Country Park in Benton.

Pathways4All patron Denise Welch, centre user Thomas Finnie and volunteer Clare Hunter.

Pathways4All patron Denise Welch, centre user Thomas Finnie and volunteer Clare Hunter.

The centre has had a £200,000 extension fitted after the money was raised through the charity’s annual ball in 2015.

Special guest Eunice Marley was on hand on Saturday to perform the official opening of the extension, which has been named after her late husband.

The David Marley Extension features a new café area, kitchen and accessible toilets, while inside the original building, new soft play has been fitted and all rooms updated.

The centre has been visited by some 600 families from across the North East since first opening in 2012.

Pathways4All patron Denise Welch with Eunice Marley, whose husband the extension is named after.

Pathways4All patron Denise Welch with Eunice Marley, whose husband the extension is named after.

Lynn McManus, the charity founder, said “We are a small charity doing big things.

“The centre really is a lifeline to many families, and we got to the point where people couldn’t find a seat.

“The extension has given a bright new look to our centre but more importantly means so many more families can benefit from what we offer.”

Charity patron Denise Welch, who opened the centre in 2012, was among the invited guests and continues to be impressed by the hard work and dedication Lynn and husband Terry have given to the charity over the years.

Denise was particularly moved by the couple doing it all on top of family life, which is no mean feat when you have ten children.

Lynn added that her five adopted children, who all have additional needs, are all the motivation she needs to ensure the centre is there for a long future and for every child.

As well as the new café and soft play, the centre boasts a trampoline room with popular foam pit, a craft area, computer suite, teenage room, baby and toddler room, sensory room and music and therapy space.

The outside space offers great play facilities including a wheelchair swing ensuring something for everyone.

With the annual ball in 2016 raising additional funds, the outside area is next on the list to be updated with new equipment and wheelchair ramp to be added very soon.

Pathways 4 All is open seven days a week with a range of activities on offer.

It provides leisure and social opportunities for children with disabilities and additional needs.

The parent led charity provided a range of activities and events specifically tailored for children with disabilities and additional needs and their families. It also offers ongoing support to family members through informal advice, information and social networking.

For more information visit www.pathways4all.co.uk