BUILDING work at the disabled children's charity The Legacy Rainbow House is now well underway. The charity have been recording the work in progress since the original classrooms were knocked down back in December 2013.
The charity based in Salt Pit Lane, Mawdesley, had planning approved for a single storey building to be built within the grounds which will replace an existing stable building which was used for conductive education.
The new building, designed by Peter Dickinson Architects, who has given a lot of time to the project, will provide much needed additional facilities in the form of classrooms, recreational areas and meeting rooms to address a desperate need of the children and youths in the community.
A revised access point and slightly extended parking is also planned. This will give a much safer access than the existing entrance which will be closed, helping to take any visiting traffic to the charity away from the private properties close by.
The Legacy Rainbow House has been a constant and continuous service for children with brain injuries, disabilities and life limiting conditions since 2001.
Currently there are over 200 children using the services which includes conductive education, physiotherapy, rebound therapy and an integrated nursery provision. The charity also offers fun clubs and off site residential short breaks, giving families much needed respite.
In addition, there is a Community Interest Nursery where the surplus money is reinvested into the charitable services. The Legacy Nursery is the only nursery in the area which provides one on one day care for children with life limiting conditions (at no cost to the family or the Council).
The charity receives considerable support within the wider community and is sponsored by local and nationally known businesses. The external build has been funded primarily by VEOLIA environmental trust.
The next stage is the interior. For this, the charity needs to raise £200,000 and they are appealing to local companies to help with donations of materials and labour. A few local companies have already donated their time and skills to assist with the interior and the charity would love to hear from anyone who would like to pledge their time or materials for the build.
The reason for the new development is the need to offer a fuller range of facilities on site, not just for the affected children but also their families.
There is still a way to go but there is an end to The Rainbow!