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It’s play time at Footprints

Strode Park Foundation’s Footprints site officially opened its ‘Space to Play’ project with a ceremony on Friday (9 August).

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

The area now provides a wonderful new spacious indoor activities and play room, a separate sensory room and two beautifully refurbished residents’, holiday or respite care rooms with an adjoining specially adapted bathroom.

Manager at Footprints, Laura Pearce, said: “It was a fantastic day. This space will have such an impact on our children and we’re so grateful to those who have supported us to get to this point. The ribbon pulling was done by four of our children and the atmosphere for the whole day was just amazing.”

Quality Construction & Groundworks Ltd completed the work with Strode Park Foundation trustee Russell Clark involved in the architectural design.

Director of Care, John Cotterill, added: “This has been 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 was 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.