North-east charity secures planning permission for children’s specialist support centre

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CHILDREN’S charity Charlie House today announced it has secured planning permission for its specialist support centre.

The new centre will support babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, will be built in the grounds of Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen.

It will be an 8-bedroom centre, with additional family accommodation, set in 4 acres of ground.

The state-of-the-art building will feature a sensory room, library, spa pool, craft room, teen den, soft play area, therapy room, star room, for end-of-life care & bereavement, outdoor play area and sensory gardens as well as adaptable meeting space and office space for the Charlie House team and medical staff.

The build will be the first of its kind in the North-east of Scotland with families currently having to travel over 100 miles to Kinross to access planned and emergency short breaks, palliative and end-of-life care.

The charity launched its fundraising campaign to support the build in November 2018 and to date has raised £2.4m of its target of £8m.

The receipt of planning permission, by Aberdeen City Council, will now allow the charity to apply for additional grant funding.

Tracy Johnstone, Charlie House chair, said: “This is an incredible day for the charity and the team. We are so passionate about bringing this centre to the city and today we came a huge step closer.”

 

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