A delegation from the Leyland Group of Freemasons headed by Jeff Lucas recently visited the Space Centre in Preston. The purpose of Jeff’s visit as group charity steward was to present a cheque for £500 to the Space Centre on behalf of Leyland St Andrews Lodge No 7391. He was accompanied on the day by his daughter Debbie Strouthos, Stewart Seddon, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, and his wife Val and Chris Blackwell, group chairman. The donation was from the members of the lodge in memory of Jeff’s wife Ann and the lodge members were delighted to receive a certificate of thanks.
The visitors were given a conducted tour of the facility by David Diggings chair of the ‘Friends of Space’ along with centre manager Alison Birch, to show just where the donation would be spent. At one point Jeff took advantage of trying out the ball pool which brought a smile to everyone’s face including his own.
The Space Centre is available to anyone with special needs and it is adaptable to meet the individual requirements of many different clients whatever their age. Space is used regularly by those with developmental delay, Cerebral palsy, Autism, learning disability, profound multiple learning difficulties, challenging behaviours, brain injury, emotional difficulties and mental health issues, stress and anxiety.
Individuals or groups attend SPACE with their own families, carers, therapists or teachers. The facility staff and volunteers are always available to give advice on making the best use of SPACE and its equipment. Specific training sessions can be arranged and individual assessments of sensory abilities undertaken. For more details please visit http://www.thespacecentre.org/