TELEVISION presenter Denise Welch has paid a visit to a charity for disabled children’s North Tyneside base to find out more about its work.
The Loose Women presenter called in at Pathways 4 All’s play area at the Rising Sun Country Park in Benton to check on the progress being made on converting a disused building there into its headquarters.
The 54-year-old, recently named as a patron of the charity, was joined on Friday by former EastEnders actress Kacey Ainsworth.
The pair, both performing in a touring production of Steel Magnolias at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal last week, were given a tour of the building by the charity’s founder.
Work started two months ago on transforming the run-down building, to be called the Tim Lamb Centre following the £420,000 revamp lined up for it.
Denise, a former pupil of Whitley Bay’s old Bygate School, said: “We’re here to support this fantastic charity. We’ll do whatever we can to help.
“Kids with disabilities can’t use an able-bodied playground, so this is vital, and it’s wonderful to see so much effort put into fundraising.
“Kacey and I were very keen to come along. It’s an amazing place.
“This is something I will keep an eye on and do what I can to help.
“One great thing about this place is it not only provides help for disabled children but a whole support network for the family.”