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Hard work of centre’s clients is celebrated

TEAM members of the Aldingbourne Country Centre had their hard work recognised during an action-packed week.


In celebration of National Learning Disability Week, additional activities were provided alongside their usual projects.


Tuesday saw its clients attend a day of cricket in Arundel at which they also provided live music as part of the access music programme.


To make the most of the scorching weather there was also a trip to the Arundel Lido on Wednesday.


For the organisers at the centre, this week was about lauding the dedication of its clients including their work in wood recycling, furniture reconstruction, earth works, music, digital media, horticulture, as well as its farm, café and shop.


Enterprise and development team leader, Debbie Wells, was keen to thank the clients for their work.


She said: “The Aldingbourne Trust supports about 500 adults with learning disabilities and we wanted to celebrate what they do.


“Without these people the trust couldn’t be here.


“And the difference the centre makes to their lives is really important.


“We also want to raise awareness this week.”


Other team members expressed their enjoyment for the projects at the centre.


Access music support leader Stewart Nicol was pleased with how their performance at the Arundel cricket day was received.


He said: “Everyone loved it.


“The first thing we want people to do is to have fun. You can’t learn without doing that.”


Nick England, 25, from Bognor Regis works in the shop.


He said: “I like the people here. And I really like interacting with the customers, especially the kids.”


Pagham resident Laurel Lewis, aged 28, also enjoys her jobs at the centre.


She said: “I do the digital media class and work on the farm on a Wednesday.


“I love all of it, it’s really good here.”


Some members have been working on projects at Aldingbourne for a long time.


Forty-year-old Duncan Spandley from Bognor Regis has been attending the centre for 20 years.


During his time there he has raised money for the trust with various sponsored activities such as abseiling and even skydiving.


Duncan is looking forward to singing at an upcoming event.


He said: “Music is my favourite. I also do the horticulture and water the plants.”


From July 24, the Aldingbourne Country Centre will begin its six weeks of summer events that will take place every weekday between 10am-4pm until August 31.

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