Hop Skip and Jump patron Elizabeth Hurley has launched a brand new respite care facility at The Brunel Shopping Centre in the heart of Swindon town centre which is managed by FI Real Estate Management. (FIREM), The first of its kind in the country, ‘Care in the High Street’ will provide flexible and immediate care for children and adults with disabilities and additional needs.
The unit, situated next to House of Fraser in The Brunel Shopping Centre, will provide quality care for local families with easy access to local amenities. Children will find a variety of fun activities at the new centre, with a soft-play area, sensory rooms and chill-out zone. The centre will have its own dedicated wet room and changing facility as well as a charity shop, with all proceeds invested in providing the highest quality care.
“This is an exciting innovation and a new concept of care” said Clarissa Mitchell, founder trustee of Hop Skip and Jump. “We look forward to providing high quality support for the disabled in a high-profile town centre location. The Brunel Centre has responded marvellously to our vision for the future and we look forward to welcoming families from Swindon, Wiltshire and the surrounding counties, who can enjoy everything the shopping centre has to offer.”
Care in the High Street was launched at a prestigious event hosted by Samantha Cameron at 10 Downing Street and is soon to become a nationwide initiative with proposed centres in Bristol, Horsham and Cardiff.
Steve Fawke, FIREM’s general manager for The Brunel, said: “Care in the High Street is an exciting initiative and we’re very pleased that they have chosen Swindon and The Brunel Centre to pioneer this.”
Sarah Addison, a parent who has used Hop Skip and Jump on a regular basis said: “Having a Care in the High Street unit will benefit so many parents and carers, like me, who have disabled children. To be able to have some respite whilst they go shopping or for a meal and know that their child will be safe and cared for by professional and caring people who understand the plight of parents in this situation will make a real difference to their lives.”
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