New respite facility

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A ‘HIDDEN jewel’ has opened a new respite care facility in Stowmarket.

Last Friday, 7A Finborough Road, officially opened the summerhouse – a new facility providing short break respite care for adults with learning disabilities and conditions such as autism and cerebral palsy.

David Ruffley MP opened the new summerhouse – providing extra space for the 35 people and their families who rely on the vital service, which has been running since 1995. The facility can accommodate four people at one time, with one room specially kitted out with adjustable bed and hoist.

Sadie Watts, a parent who uses the service, said: “David Ruffley described it as a hidden jewel.

“People can stay overnight or for a fortnight, enabling family to go on holiday or have a break from caring.

“It’s a very homely, welcoming, supportive atmosphere.”

The Ipswich Town Community Trust provided volunteers to help complete the summerhouse and Stowmarket Lions helped with the electrical work. The garden area of 7A Finborough Road has also been revamped.

Mr Ruffley said respite care was ‘extremely important’.

The summerhouse can be used all year around and the 7A service is staffed at all times.