Berkshire

Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children extension opens

Phillip Schofield
Image caption TV presenter Phillip Schofield will open the extension

A new extension to a centre for children with disabilities in Berkshire and Oxfordshire has opened.

The Chiltern Centre in Henley provides short-break care to children with complex medical health needs.

The extension includes two new bedrooms, a specialist bathroom and increased living and play space.

It was funded through a £268,000 government grant, and was opened by TV presenter Phillip Schofield, who is the charity's patron.

'Good news'

Chair of the trustees at the Chiltern Centre, Paul Barrett, said: "Phillip Schofield turned up and did the honours for us in great fashion. He's our celebrity patron as he lives locally.

"We cater for about 85 families from the Thames Valley, at weekends and holidays we're full to bursting.

"This extension is very good news."

It was funded through a grant from the Department of Health's Social Enterprise Investment Fund.

The centre has been running as an independent charity for eight years.

Schofield announced a fundraising initiative in February, which has so far raised £170,000 for the running costs of the centre.

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