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Generous donation helps Waveney Centre refurbishment in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 June 2016

Papworth Trust holding a opening ceremony after a big refurbishment project on its Waveney Centre. Picture: James Bass

Papworth Trust holding a opening ceremony after a big refurbishment project on its Waveney Centre. Picture: James Bass

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A generous legacy has enabled a charity to completely renovate their centre which helps disadvantaged and disabled people in Lowestoft.

The Waveney Centre, on London Road South, was left a donation of £28,000 in the will of Frederick Dawson, more commonly known as John, who used the centre before he died at the age of 91 in 2012.

At a special celebration to mark the refurbishment, some of Mr Dawson’s family gathered with users of the centre, staff and directors.

Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate said she felt “honoured and privileged” to officially unveil the new Dawson Room at the venue.

The Waveney Centre runs a number of support services for disabled people, a care hub for carers and a work programme to support the long-term unemployed return to work.

The building has now been redecorated, with new floors installed and the kitchen space refurbished – with the work completed by PJ Spillings LTD.

Linda Pepper is the niece of Mr Dawson – who used to live in Wangford area before his death.

“I think he would be really thrilled to see what the money has been spent on,” she said.

“I am really blown away and it is nice to hear all the lovely feedback from the people we have talked to.”

David Martin, director at Papworth Trust, was also present at the celebration – held on Thursday, June 9.

“With this money, we have transformed the centre into a fantastic hub – it’s gone from a 20th century centre to a 21st century centre.

“It is somewhere we can really be proud of and we can now make even more of a difference to people’s lives.”

The centre is open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays.

For more information about the centre, call 01502 574526.

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