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Respite centre receives £20,000 Asda Foundation grant for vital new facilities

August 29, 2018 11:52 AM

A respite centre which provides short breaks for children with life-limiting illnesses will be able to build a specialist bathroom after receiving a £20,000 donation from the Asda Foundation.

Mandy Ogden and Laura Biddulph, community champions at our Stockport and Reddish stores, regularly volunteer with the group and were delighted to present the cheque to the team at Swanbourne Gardens, which is run by the local NHS trust.

Desmond Foden, who's a support worker at the centre, said: "This £20,000 will make a massive difference to us; we're all absolutely ecstatic.

"This bathroom will benefit children and their parents hugely, and it will also benefit all the staff here because it will be a much nicer environment to work in.

"Laura and Mandy join us a couple of times a month, generally helping us with events. It's been great to have them on board, and everyone enjoys having them around."

Mandy said: "I've been volunteering at the centre for three and a half years and Laura's been going there for two – as long as we've both been in the community champion roles.

"We go along as and when they need us, mainly to help organise and hold events for these children, many of which have life-limiting illnesses.

"The new bathroom will be absolutely amazing for them, it will be full of new, modern equipment. Not all of the parents can afford to have these facilities in their home, so they can use the one at the centre once it's built."