2019 heralds an exciting new phase for The Chamwell Centre Charity as we prepare for the start of construction. The signing of the building contract with SpellerMetcalfe in January 2019 signalled the beginning of Phase 2. Although there will be little evidence on site for the first few weeks, the behind the scenes activity has started in earnest.
On the 30 January 2019 The Chamwell Centre Charity celebrated the commencement of Phase 2 with a ‘Breaking Ground’ ceremony in the grounds of The Milestone School. Donors and supporters joined pupils of The Milestone School and The Chamwell Centre Charity team to mark this special occasion. Pupils of The Milestone School prepared keepsakes and artwork which they buried in a time capsule along with building plans for the new Chamwell Centre. Head Boy, Jack and Head Girl, Mia had the honour of placing the lid on the time capsule and adding the first spades of soil around it.
On behalf of The Chamwell Centre Charity Trustees, Chair of Trustees, Dr Marie Owen thanked the assembled guests for attending and helping celebrate this significant milestone for the charity. She went on to thank all the various Trusts, Foundations and Charities who have generously donated grants to the project and local businesses and individuals for donations and support received to date – this wonderful support has ensured The Chamwell Centre is becoming a reality, with £4m raised to date, of the £5.1m required to complete the state-of-the-art hydrotherapy, soft play and rebound therapy centre. This achievement will go a long way toward achieving our vision – to enhance the well-being of those with disability, with opportunities to improve physical fitness, access a range of therapies, sports and leisure activities and to improve wellbeing on a personal and social level.
Charity Patron, Dame Janet Trotter was also present, along with representatives from The Milestone School governors, staff and pupils, Gloucester City Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust, Gloucestershire Disability Fund, Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Pied Piper Appeal, GMCAction, All Churches Trust, Gloucestershire Wooden Spoon, Dee & Griffin, Longlevens RFC, Bovis Homes, Corraine Collins Dance Studio, Quattro Architects, EvansJones and Speller Metcalfe. Apologies were sent by St James’ Place Foundation, Clothworkers Foundation, Peter Harrison Foundation, Cheltenham College, Creed Foodservice and Gloucester Griffins MAR
To round off the event, light refreshments were served in the school hall with assistance from The Milestone School Community Café students Charlene, Mason & Phoebe (class S8), we are very grateful to them for their support. Special thanks to Creed Foodservice for their further kind donation of food and refreshments for the event.
Our aspiration is that The Chamwell Centre will have a positive impact on how those with disability feel about their lives as a whole – supporting children, young people and adults throughout Gloucestershire to overcome their disability.
Thank you to Punchline Magazine for the media coverage: https://www.punchline-gloucester.com/articles/aanews/new-phase-of-local-development-begins