Headway children’s centre appeals for help after shock flood

L to R: Volunteer Shaun Barber, Assistant Centre Manager Billy O’Regan, and Centre Manager Claire Atkinson with the few bedraggled games that the centre has left.

A shock flood in the building that plays host to Headway Devon’s children’s centre has left the charity badly in need of resources, games and activities.

Headway Devon’s children’s centre is open every Saturday, and supports 5-11 year olds in the mornings and 12-16 year olds in the afternoons. The purpose of the centre is to support children who have survived brain injuries including those caused by head injuries, meningitis, stroke and brain tumours.  During the sessions, children are able to meet new people and take part in activities to help them develop their skills, build confidence and live happier lives.

The flood at the Knight Club in Beacon Heath happened in September and was caused by problems in the roofing. It has resulted in the building being closed for several weeks.

Centre Manager, Claire Atkinson, shows us the bare shelves in the centre's activities cupboard

Thanks to the kind support of Belmont Chapel and the Buddle Lane Youth Club, Headway Devon has been able to continue to run this vital service elsewhere in the city while the Knight Club has been closed.

However, on returning to the Knight Club this week, the scale of the damage to the children’s games and activity kits has become apparent. Water damage, caused by the damp surroundings, has left many of the group’s board games, art materials and books in an unusable condition.

Centre Manager Claire Atkinson says, “We were devastated to discover how many of our resources had been damaged following the accident. Our children’s centre is entirely funded by charitable donations and we can only just raise enough to cover the costs of providing the service. There’s nothing in the pot to cover these additional and unexpected costs of providing new games and activities.”

It’s estimated that the full cost of replacing the goods would be £300.  Fundraising Manager, Holly Keatings, says, “this may not seem like much, but for a local charity such as ourselves £300 can go a long way.”

If you might be able to help, by donating unwanted games, toys, sports equipment or art materials, or by making a donation for the purchase of new items for the centre, please get in touch with Holly by calling 01392 211822 or emailing holly@headwaydevon.org.uk.

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