Wirral Autistic Society’s new respite centre will welcome its first clients on July 1 after a successful £1.3m fund-raising appeal. Key supporters of the appeal were invited to a special viewing of The Ferns which is alongside the Society’s main residential building at Raby Hall. Society chairman John Battersby received the keys from builders MellWood and the Mayor of Wirral Coun Alan Jennings planted a tree to mark the occasion. (Pic L to R: Dianne Asher (Chief Executive), Mayor & Mayoress, John Battersby (Chairman of Trustees) and Dean Sullivan).
The appeal to fund the building, which has six specially designed bedroom suites along with support facilities, was launched two years ago as part of the society’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
The Society caters for people aged 16 and over with autism. There has been a massive demand for specialist respite facilities. At present the Society only has one respite bed, which is in constant demand from families all over the North West and beyond.
Dianne Asher, Chief Executive of the Society, said: ‘We know only too well the importance of short stay respite support to both the person with autism and their family. ‘Parents, brothers and sisters care for seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year and by taking just a short break they can re-charge their batteries ready to continue the vital role they play.’
Project: Raby Hall Wirral Autistic Society