Race to stop families losing children centre

Families with disabled children desperately needing support could lose their Horsham centre if organisers do not find new premises.

The Hop Skip and Jump care centre in Horsham has appealed for help in finding somewhere to continue.

It will lose its home in the heart of the Swan Walk centre opposite Wilkos to make way for redevelopment, including a multiplex cinema.

The centre provides care, advice and respite for parents  with disabled children.

So far it has been unable to find any suitable premises, and needs to find them soon to be ready for any move.

Spokeswoman CJ Mortimer, who has a daughter Grace, five, with special needs, told the Post: “We are allowed to be in our current location until December. But obviously if we can find somewhere suitable , we would like to move as soon possible.

“We would really preferably like to have something with outdoor facilities, perhaps an empty school or nursery building.

“We are desperate to stay in Horsham. We have been to the council, we have been to meetings, they just keep telling us there is nothing.”

The centre contains a soft play area, sensory facilities and a fully accessible wet room and changing facility, meaning that Hop Skip and Jump can cater for children with a variety of complex disabilities and special educational needs.

If needed, parents can leave their children at the centre to give themselves a break. Horsham District Council, the North Horsham Council Local Committee and the Sussex Masonic Charities supported the centre when it opened, and  it worked with AVIVA Investors, Simons Group and the district council  to redevelop empty premises to start the centre.

Anyone able to help the centre find a new home is asked to contact CJ through e mail at uk or telephone 01403 263660.

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