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Turning Point group welcomes actor
8:00am Friday 24th August 2012 in News
Bradford pantomine stalwart Billy Pearce will make an appearance at a learning disability service’s summer fair, where activities will help raise funds for new sensory equipment.
Members of the community are invited to join the comedian in the pantomime-themed celebrations at the fair on Saturday, September 15, at Weaver Court in Idle , which is run by health and social care organisation Turning Point.
Activities including a tombola and raffle will help raise funds for sensory equipment to help with stimulation and relaxation for the residents.
Event organiser Caroline Byrne said the organisation was looking to replace old soft mats and bubble tubes, and to buy new equipment including an interactive touch-screen computer for service users and video recording equipment to capture activites that take place at Weaver Court.
She said: “Sometimes they just want that bit of time out and we don’t have anywhere for anything like that. We just feel it is really important to create that here with the service.”
Weaver Court, in Moorfield Place, works to support people who have profound learning disabilities to live independent and complete lives.
Billy will be visiting the service to learn about its work, and will open the event to the public at 11am. He will be on hand to sign autographs throughout the day.
Entertainment will also include a bouncy castle, face painting, craft stalls and refreshments, and staff dressed as pantomime characters will entertain visitors.
Miss Byrne said: “The day will just be a great experience for everyone who lives here, and for the people who support them.
“We’re so grateful Billy is coming down to give the community such a great day, highlighting the important work that Weaver Court and Turning Point provide for those with a disability in the community.”
Mr Pearce said: “I can’t wait, I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks.
“It’s nice to give something back sometimes and hopefully I’ll be able to take a small part in a big day.”