Princes Centre News!

Published: 13 January 2020

2019 was a great year for the Princes Centre, what with winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and for successfully completing a £300,000 project to make the Lower Hall area fit for purpose, allowing more choice of activities for our clients and to cater for future growth. We hope that in 2020 we will continue to provide the best quality excellent service for our clients and their families.

December was a busy time for the clients with visits to RAF Naphill for some, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for the pantomime performance for others, and a number of special activities to celebrate Christmas including a ‘Princes Centre’s Got Talent’ performance by the younger clients for the older ones. The downstairs clients are enjoying their new facilities and were able to make individual Christmas cakes to take home.

We would like to thank all those who helped organise the Christmas Ball at St Mary’s Church, making decorations, donating raffle prizes, helping on the night, and also to all those who attended, helping to raise the magnificent sum of over £2,500. Also, many thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the collection outside Tescos in December which raised the impressive amount of £755 which, with Gift Aid, is over £900. This will help with the replacement of the upstairs carpet.

Now Christmas is over, can we ask that if you have received any unwanted gifts, that you don’t know what to do with, that you think of passing them to us as we are always looking for suitable items to use as raffle prizes.

The New Year is starting with the Princes Centre now being open to older clients on a Friday so allowing for more elderly people to enjoy the benefits of attending the Centre. We are planning to make a few small improvements to the upstairs area – the replacement of the carpet is one, and we are very grateful to have been awarded a grant from the Kop Hill Climb for this purpose. We are also having a much needed new porch built over the rear door, to help keep our clients dry when moving from the centre on to the bus.   

In our Bourne End Centre, Kirsty, our locum manager who is replacing Mags who is on maternity leave, is settling in very well. The kitchen there, thanks to local help in that area, is being upgraded this month. They are still looking for another driver so if you know of anyone who may be interested in this position please ask them to ring Kirsty on 01628 527024 for further details.

If you would like to support the work of the Princes Centre in any way, please contact our manager, Kim Challinor on 01844 345105.