The sensory grotto for Andover, organised by Test Valley Disability Forum and with support from TVBC, Love Andover, The QC Foundation and Andover & District Mencap had it’s funding boosted ready to open up for those children who cannot enjoy Christmas in the same way most people do.
The cheque was handed over today from Victoria Harber on behalf of the QC Foundation. A non-registered entity run from the Queen Charlotte public house that aims to support those with long-term conditions.
Monies have been raised over the past from pub customers who donate through the community pub’s many special events.
Dan Hooks received the cheque on behalf of the sensory grotto saying:
“It’s great to receive support from the QC Foundation and Test Valley Borough Council. One of TVDF members, Gaz Lucas, has worked hard for years on this project and we’re delighted it has now come to fruition.”
The idea was originated by Gaz Lucas, a member of the TVDF, who put a lot of time and effort into arranging the grotto so that “the Christmas experience could be enjoyed by all”.
The grotto will be open to the public on the 7th and 8th of December at Andover and District Mencap on Winchester Road.
The donation was gratefully received after Love Andover withdrew an application for funding from the town council, after they characteristically tied themselves up in knots over their own procedures.
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