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Joanna Lumley visit – fun, fab & friendly

8th March 2017

Our patron Miss Joanna Lumley really brought The Grange to life when she visited to officially open our newly-refurbished building on 8 March.

She unveiled plaques thanking the charitable trusts and foundations and individuals who raised the £440,000 needed to make our Victorian building accessible to people with restricted mobility. we now have wider corridors, automatic doors and a brand new lift. Ms Lumley toured the new facilities and mJoanna with Grange tenant Zenaet people in the Horticulture, Woodwork, Catering and Creative Arts departments.

‘I love what they do at The Grange,’ she said, ‘its friendliness and supportiveness – it’s a flourishing community and helps not just people with disabilities but their families too.’

She said, ‘It’s sometimes hard to get recognition for people who need support so that they can live independent lives. I feel very passionate about preserving funding for adult social care.’

 The Grange is expanding and its next project is a building which will cater for new people coming in on a daily basis to access our our expanding skills training programme. It will also offer a respite care service. The cost will be around £1 million ‘but we’ll do it!’ said Miss Lumley.

Miss Lumley is currently filming a programme about India where she will meet the Dalai Lama. Due out in Autumn.

Room for more people 

Thanks to its supporters, The Grange now has:Lumley-240

Space for more people to learn valuable skills for life. Eight new people have joined already

The Karten CTEC Centre – a state-of-the-art IT suite

A new room for its fudge mini- business

A multi-media arts room with film animation and mug printing

A room for Makaton and communications training

A Heritage Room for its antique textile collection and royal letters.

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