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Charity recruits long-term supporters for the Alan Shearer Activity Centre

June 2011

Private dinner at Close House

Austin Donohoe, Chief Executive St Cuthberts Care, hosted a private dinner at Close House on Friday, June 3 to encourage long-term support for maintaining free access to activities at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre.

The event was attended by more than 50 distinguished guests, including patrons Lady Elsie Robson, Lainya and Alan Shearer and Mike Browne.

After a champagne reception, guests strolled through the grounds to Close House's new club house, Number 19, where they enjoyed a five course dinner.

Addressing his guests, Austin Donohoe spoke about the immeasurable benefits of the Alan Shearer Activity Centre and how maintaining free access underlines the commitment of St Cuthberts Care to easing the profound and enduring challenges faced by disabled children, young adults and their families.

Many pledges of support were received as a result of the event and Austin would like to thank everyone for their invaluable contributions, including sponsors, Barclays Wealth and Graham and Andrea Wylie of Close House.

Thousands of disabled children and adults use the Alan Shearer Activity Centre every year where they are able to enjoy a wide variety of specialised activities free of charge, including a giant ball pool, sensory rooms, craft room and music room, as well as fully accessible grounds and gardens. The Centre also has a hydrotherapy pool and its own café, Browne's. Specialised equipment and hoists make sure that even the most severely disabled children and adults are able to enjoy the facilities.

The centre costs around £100,000 to run each year and relies entirely on donations, however, the benefits experienced by those using the centre are priceless: "When Carly's been to the Activity Centre she is so relaxed we all manage to get a rare, good night's sleep.  You just can't put a price on that," said one of our service users.

If anyone would like to donate to the Alan Shearer Activity Centre or any of the other services provided by St Cuthberts Care, contact Chief Executive, Austin Donohoe on 0191 228 0111.