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The Joshua Tree to open a support centre in Northwich
Buy this photo » Bella Radcliffe, from Snowgoose Interiors, works on the interior design for the new support centre.
A LANDMARK stage has been reached by a Northwich children’s charity on its journey to help children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
The Joshua Tree has spent seven years fundraising to build a holiday home and support centre in Sandiway, but those behind the charity are keenly aware that families need their help sooner than they can start to build.
November 15 marks a huge achievement for the charity as it opens a support centre in Northwich town centre to start offering families the help they desperately need.
Lynda Hill, who founded The Joshua Tree with husband Dai after their youngest son Josh was treated for leukaemia, said: “It’s hard to put into words what this means, it’s what all our passion has been about.
“It’s a really emotional thing.”
The charity, which continues to raise money for the holiday home, sees the new support centre as a starting point.
Jo Pritchard, charity manager, said: “This has come from a need to reach out to the families before we have the building.
“The families need help and we can’t wait for all the money so we’ll do what we can now.”
Peter Smith, business development director, said: “The work we’ll do here will then be transferable to the new centre when we’re ready.
“I would love to be saying this time next year that we’ve outgrown this space and urgently need to get the new building up.”
The centre will offer emotional, practical, educational and social support, with services being tailored to the needs of each individual family.
A part time child and family worker, Lisa West, has also been appointed and will be based in the centre, which is downstairs from The Joshua Tree’s current office, by Venables Road car park.
A legion of supporters have been helping staff and volunteers get the new premises ready for the official opening.
This includes interior designer Bella Radcliffe, of Snowgoose Interiors, decorator Garry Lees, of Lees and Sons, David Price, of Britannia Carpets, who donated the carpet, artist David Kereszteny Lewis, a teacher at The Grange School, who has donated the art work, and interior fitter Luke Goward.
• Any families who need help from the centre or anyone who would like to volunteer should ring 01606 331858 for more information.
• November 19, evening at Crabtree and Evelyn, in Chester. Tickets £10, including refreshments and a Crabtree and Evelyn hand therapy product worth £9.
• November 22, support group coffee morning for families of children with low immunity. An informal meeting at The Joshua Tree to chat and relax.
• November 29, grand raffle draw. First prize is a seven-night holiday with Eurocamp. Tickets, priced £1 each, are available at The Joshua Tree office, Nisa, in Barnton, Howdens, in Winsford, The Sandwich Shop, in Hartford, the Salt Barge pub, in Marston, Witton Church CE Primary School, Omnia, in Witton Street, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Graham Evans MP’s office, in Sheath Street.
• December 4, Christmas market at The Quayside pub, in Witton Street.
• December 6, noon to 3pm, ladies’ lunch at Vale Royal Abbey. Tickets £23, including a two-course meal, coffee and mince pies and a talk from Sally Inkster, of Diva Dressing.
For more information about The Joshua Tree’s events or to book tickets visit thejoshuatree.org.uk or ring 01606 331858.
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