Group helping disabled children finds a new home

A MALVERN mum with a son with special needs is opening up a new centre for families in a similar position.

Kimberly Philpotts founded support group What Makes You Different Makes Your Beautiful in 2013 after struggling to find help for her son Archie, aged seven, who suffers from complex health problems.

The group, which includes over 200 families, has been meeting at the Octagon centre in Poolbrook and Osborne Court in Malvern Link, but from next week, it will have its own home in Howsell Road.

And on Thursday, October 29, Mrs Philpotts is holding an open day at the centre and is inviting everyone to come and see what it has to offer.

The centre is equipped with play facilities including two ball pools, a bouncy castle and gaming equipment, as well as meeting and training rooms.

At the open day, between 10am, and 3pm, there will be refreshments, a cake stake and a teddy bear tombola.

Mrs Philpotts, who has another son, Fraser, aged three, launched an appeal for £13,000 in February to help fund the new centre.

She said: “We have worked so hard to fundraise so we could have a property of our own to have a safe environments for the children to thrive in.

“The centre has been set up with fundraising and donations. We don’t have any local authority monies or grants; we have just had to fundraise and fundraise to follow my dream of supporting the children and families.

“A good support group can be invaluable, helping parents take time to connect and laugh with others, and free themselves from the usual worries.”

What Makes Your Different Makes Your Beautiful provides coffee mornings for parents and carers, and play events for their children, as well as arranging workshops and training events.

Among the fundraising events was a charity ball at Stanbrook Abbey, Callow End, earlier this month, attended by over 130 guests, including Malvern mayor Julian I’Anson.

Mrs Phillpott said: “We had a fantastic night and raised over £2,000, which is an enormous amount.” She thanked Stanbrook Abbey for providing the venue free of charge and Startin Skoda in Powick, which sponsored the band.

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