Work has started at Strode Park Foundation’s Footprints site for its ‘Space to Play’ project.

A mammoth fundraising effort has seen more than £100,000 raised to build the extension and rooms at the Canterbury children’s care home, which cares for children with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

The work, which is expected to be completed by the end of July, will provide a wonderful new spacious indoor activities and play room, a separate state of the art sensory room and two beautifully refurbished holiday/respite care rooms with an adjoining specially adapted bathroom.

Manager at Footprints, Laura Pearce, said: “Currently we are operating at full occupancy and we are finding our social and play areas are getting overcrowded, especially when all the children are at home together. Our current sensory room is very outdated and our respite rooms need upgrading. This project will address all these issues and will also enable us to accommodate more children for respite and day care in the future.”

The company completing the work is Quality Construction & Groundworks Ltd and Strode Park Foundation trustee Russell Clark has been involved in the architectural design.

Director of Care, John Cotterill, added: “This is a really big project for us and one which will have a huge impact on the lives of those who reside at and come to Footprints for day care. It is a new area which will undoubtedly provide a better space for children to live, learn and play.”

Money has been raised via local businesses, individuals, grants and events and a special thank you goes to Masonic Lodges for the huge support they have given to this specific project.

An opening ceremony will be arranged once the work is complete.