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Bellway Wessex donates £300 towards day centre’s garden renovation

Spiral Blue receives donation from Bellway

A day centre in Ringwood is to give its garden a much-needed makeover after receiving a donation from a local housebuilder.

Bellway Wessex has donated £300 to Spiral Blue, a day centre which runs a variety of activities for adults with learning disabilities.

One of five centres run by Windward Day Services, Spiral Blue is located on Duck Island Lane, just down the road from the Bellway Wessex head office on Embankment Way.

With coronavirus restrictions preventing the group from holding sessions inside the centre, it has had to run sessions in various outdoor locations away from the site.

Bellway’s donation will be used to renovate the centre’s garden space to make it more accessible for service users and enable activities to take place there instead.

We run services five days a week and cater for around 40 people. We assess what each person wants to learn and then help them achieve their individual goals.

The money donated by Bellway is going towards helping renovate our garden space and make it more easily available to our clients. This will involve laying new foundations, a new patio area and building a ramp for wheelchair users.

By making the garden area accessible for everyone, it will mean we can still help people in a safe way.

The garden overlooks a nature reserve, so once it is all done, it will be such a great space to spend time. The money will allow us to get going on a large bulk of the improvements – quite often we have to postpone plans because of funding, but this has meant that work can be done straight away.”

Maria Jordan, Manager at Spiral Blue

Spiral Blue is one of five day centres run by Windward Day Services, with the other four being located in Totton, Verwood, Chandlers Ford and New Milton.

The money we have received from Bellway is invaluable and we really appreciate their support. This kind of help is so important in making sure that we can continue helping others. We would be in a very different position if it wasn’t for the generosity shown to us by companies and businesses like Bellway.

Jemma Errigo, a trustee of The Windward Foundation

Bellway Wessex has also made a separate donation of £250 to Julia’s House Hospice in Corfe Mullen.

Sandy Barnes, Technical Director for Bellway Wessex, said: “We believe it is now more important than ever to support organisations such as Windward Day Services which do such vital work in their communities.

Spiral Blue has continued to deliver an invaluable service during these difficult times, and we are thrilled that our donation will be used to transform the centre’s garden space for the benefit of its users. We hope to continue our relationship with the charity and look forward to supporting them again in the future.

Bellway spokesperson

Bellway is building new homes at developments across Hampshire and Dorset, including at Meadow View in Romsey, which is located about eight miles away from the Windward day centre in Netley Marsh, near Totton.

For more information about Bellway Wessex developments, visit bellway.co.uk

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