Vice-Chair Helping Raise Funds for Community

The LEP’s Vice-Chair David Kerfoot, MBE has helped raise £700,000 and create three new jobs for a new multi-sensory centre in Northallerton for people with physical, mental and emotional difficulties.

Pendragon Multi-Sensory Centre, which has been 12 years in the making, finally opened its doors last month. The centre contains a wide range of specialist facilities such as soft ball pits, lighting rooms and electronic water beds.

The LEP’s Vice Chair David Kerfoot, MBE who is Chairman there said: “The reactions of our first visitors made it worthwhile for everyone involved. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!”

He added: “Due to changes in funding, there has been a very real need for a centre of this kind in the area for quite some time. The nearest other centres in Preston and Newcastle are simply too far away.”

The centre provides services not just for the clients therapeutic needs, but also opportunities for everyone to mix, more socially.

To raise the funds, supporters participated in activities including the Northallerton 10k run, Yorkshire Three Peaks and Snowdonia Marathon. The project was also backed by a National Lottery grant.