Crawley charity that helps disabled children celebrates first anniversary

Springboard Project first anniversary (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150505-144710001
Springboard Project first anniversary (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150505-144710001

A charity that helps disabled children has celebrated its first anniversary.

The Springboard Project’s Crawley Centre held an open day yesterday (Tuesday May 5) to mark a year since it opened in Stagelands, Langley Green .

More than 100 people including Cllr Brenda Smith, Mayor of Crawley, attended.

Su Parrish, service delivery manager for Crawley, said many families interested in using the centre attended.

She hoped the day would attract more families to use the centre.

She said: “The high is that there are lots and lots of families.

“Families were queueing outside before we opened.

“It’s easier when people come and see what we have got - they have got more of an idea of how nice it is.”

Play activities ran throughout the day and there was a birthday cake.

The charity holds respite daily activities for children and young people with physical or learning disabilities.

It has a sensory room, soft play room and outdoor play facilities.

Many Crawley families used the charity’s Horsham centre before the Crawley Centre opened at the former doctor’s surgery.

Anna Banton, from Worth, has two sons, who are both autistic.

She said at the time it opened: “It’s made a huge difference. It was the first place they were accepted how they are.

“You don’t have to make apologies for who they are. Opening in Crawley will mean we will have somewhere local to go after school and in the holidays.”

The family fun day ran from 10am to 4pm.

Su said damp weather meant outdoor activities planned for the day were cancelled.

They included playing with water, bubbles and shaving foam in the centre’s garden.