Wooden Spoon and Sparkle open Multi-Use Games Area at Serennu, Newport
13 April 2012, 10:35 am
By Anthony Evans
Colin Charvis, Regional Chairman for Wales Huw Thomas and CEO of Wooden Spoon Bill Hill
Wooden Spoon and Sparkle are happy to announce the opening of the Multi-Use Games Area at Serennu, Newport.
There are over 1200 families in South Gwent caring for a disabled child, and Sparkle was formed as a charity in 2003 to build and equip a state of the art Centre where these children could access all of the multiple services they need. 'Serennu' (Welsh for Sparkle) not only provides an integrated service for families, but has fantastic leisure opportunities also. Thanks to generous donations and grants received, it has landscaped grounds, an indoor gym, hydrotherapy pool, and will have the first 3D MediCinema provided outside a hospital setting anywhere in the world. They also help young people learn to be independent, with a dedicated training 'flat' with fully equipped kitchen, bathroom etc where young people can learn how to care for themselves, despite their disability. The staff have started clubs including dance, self-defence, and a youth club, and hope to be able to provide many more leisure activities for all ages.
L-R: Hayley Jenkins (SerennuSports and Activities Co-Ordinator), Carla Hopkins (Serennu Fundraising Administrator), Colin Charvis, Megan (artist extraordinaire), Lisa Thomas (Serennu Development Manager), Huw Thomas (Chair)
Wooden Spoon donated £10,000 to facilitate the development of the Games Area, and the sun shone on 11th April, (much to the surprise of Bill Hill - CEO Wooden Spoon) as Colin Charvis officially opened the Games Area and unveiled the plaque. He was joined by Serennu staff, volunteers & Trustees, staff from Llantrisant TNT depot, young Dragons from the region's rugby club & Wooden Spoon representatives. It was a good humoured event and guests were treated like royalty by the staff. The team at Serennu are doing amazing work and we were thrilled to be able to see the centre and hear about the wonderful opportunities being provided for disabled children and their families.
L-R: Karen Simons and Gavin McCormack from TNT with Colin Charvis