We're nearly there - On-site with team members at the new build at Raby Hall

We’re nearly there – On-site with team members at the new build at Raby Hall

Fundraisers at Wirral Autistic Society (WAS) say that their Lifetime Appeal is just £150,000 away from achieving the magic figure of £950,000. That’s the total amount required to complete the ambitious new build in the grounds of Raby Hall in Bromborough.

The society is constructing state-of-the-art living accommodation for people with severe autism. This is the first phase of a ten year project to modernise all the residential facilities on the Raby site, so that safe, comfortable homes for life can be offered to those who need them.

Whilst builders on the site are putting in windows, laying cables and tiling the roof, the society’s fundraisers have organised two October events – a musical evening and a dinner-dance – and are hoping for community support.

WAS fundraiser Rick Myers said, “It’s been exciting to watch the new building emerge and we’re incredibly grateful for the support that’s been given to our Lifetime Appeal. Now we really have reached the final furlong. With just £150,000 to raise we are pulling out all the stops to create fun community events to help us reach our target.”

On Friday 10 October the society will host a concert by the Wirral Singers and Ringers at Christ Church in Higher Bebington. The following Friday, 17 October, the society will host an old-fashioned dinner dance at the village hotel in Bromborough, complete with champagne reception, three course dinner and the chance to dance away the night in front of a live band.

Thanks to recent good weather, the new building is on target to be completed in January. It will incorporate many cutting edge features designed to create a calm, nurturing environment, including:

  • ‘Mood’ lighting, which can be used to ‘paint’ rooms different colours and help calm or stimulate a resident. Pink and purple have been found to be positive colours and grey to be calming, although all people respond differently.
  • Wide corridors reduce claustrophobia and crowding.
  • Under-floor heating and integrated window blinds mean that light and temperature can be adjusted. This is important as people with autism can be extremely sensitive to light and heat.

For information about either event contact Rick Myers on rick.myers@wirral.autistic.org or 07887 631218.