Evan is on hand to open new disabled resource

A new resource for disabled children and their families has opened up in south east Northumberland.

Colgate Cottage was officially opened at Barnardo’s SureStart Blyth West Children’s Centre in Cowpen last week.

The Cottage, which has been funded with £60,000 from Colgate’s ‘Keep Britain Smiling’ campaign through a partnership with Barnardo’s, is a self-contained building set in the grounds of the children’s centre.

The new resource is designed to provide facilities to local families with disabled children and to be used as a venue for families to meet with professionals for assessment work and therapies.

Other children who need additional support can also use the Cottage to help with development and learning.

The open event included a performance by Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company’s two children’s characters, Mr and Mrs Beaver, and an official ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Blyth toddler Evan Rex Hutchings, who attends the children’s centre.

Four-year-old Evan, who has cerebral palsy due to a pre-birth stroke, attends the facility and was delighted to open the centre.

Katy Luke, of Barnardo’s Blyth Valley Children’s Centres, said: “We are delighted Colgate Cottage is now open.”

“It will be a marvellous facility for disabled children and their families in Blyth and we know parents are already excited at the many benefits and opportunities having the cottage will bring.”