Construction has begun on The Joshua Tree’s new purpose-built support centre in Sandiway, after 13 years of fundraising!
Due to be completed early next year, the centre will provide an ‘appropriate environment’ for families, accommodating children of all ages from toddlers through to teenagers.
It will feature a multi-functional activity room, counselling suites, soft play and sensory equipment, a games room, office facilities, an outdoor play area and landscaped gardens – all of which will further enhance the support service.
The new support centre will not only enhance The Joshua Tree’s unique family support service but also enable an expansion of the service in the long-awaited purpose-built support centre.
The Joshua tree provides education, practical and emotional support to children (and their families) affected by cancers.
Trustee Piers McLeish commented “It’s been great to see really tangible progress towards the delivery of a project which will give our charity so many more options and scope for delivering our much needed family support services in the future.
“The new building will not just be our new support centre, it will be a place for our community of families to unwind and share experiences, for partnerships with other charities to flourish.”
He added: “It is wonderful to be involved at this exciting stage of The Joshua Tree’s development.”
The charity has worked in consultation with beneficiaries during the planning of the support centre’s development to ensure that it meets their needs.
Dai and Lynda Hill, founders of The Joshua Tree, commented: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 13 years to enable us to celebrate today as we break ground and look forward to opening the doors of our new support centre next year.
“We have really appreciated your patience and continued belief in our vision to support families affected by childhood cancers.
“This is a huge milestone for The Joshua Tree and for our family. As Joshua turns 21 next year, we will also be gaining the keys to our very own centre.”