Backing for day centre

Sally Bouzir with her petition against the poossible Chappell Centre closure.

Sally Bouzir with her petition against the poossible Chappell Centre closure.

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A PASSIONATE supporter of Spalding’s at-risk day centre has already managed to get 700 signatures on a petition to try to save it.

Lincolnshire County Council is looking to change the way it runs adult social care and is consulting on its plans – which could put the future of respite care home Cedar House and neighbouring day facility the Chappell Centre at risk.

The council says people should be given the cash to pay for its own care but users fear they will have nowhere to go for the services if the town’s facilities close.

Sally Bouzir, of Cherry Holt Road in Pinchbeck, is one of a number of residents upset at the plans and has 700 names on her petition already – and hopes to continue to add to that.

Sally is a carer for a Chappell Centre user and feels the council is wrong to cut the services it diretly puts on for people with severe learning difficulties and disabilities.

She said: “I’ve got a lot more response than I thought I was going to get. Everybody is very angry about this.”

The Chappell Centre has 50 service users on site and 15 “outreach” users, but it is thought many more people would like to go there.

The Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press is supporting the campaign to try to save the Chappell Centre and Cedar House.

We’ve got a petition in our reception that you can sign at our office in The Crescent, Spalding.

If campaigners can obtain 3,500 names they can spark a full debate on the issue by the county council.

Day centres in Bourne and Kirton are also on the list of 30 at risk across the county.