Pleas to help keep ‘one of a kind’ care centre open

Mark Bamforth
Mark Bamforth
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Fylde MP Mark Menzies has appealed for members of the public to come forward to prevent a vital service closing in Fylde.

Church Road Day Centre operates from St Annes Methodist Church and provides a place for older and vulnerable people, particularly those with mental health needs, to go to and enable them to socialise with others so they do not become isolated and stranded in their homes.

The management recently announced the centre would be unable to continue operating at its current location and is on the lookout for new premises.

Mr Menzies said: “Church Road Day Centre provides a fantastic service for some of the most vulnerable people in Lytham and St Annes.

“It is there to ensure people are not just left to sit alone at home all day and promotes social inclusion while also allowing them the independence of staying in their own homes rather than being moved into a residential facility.”

Lytham postmaster Mark Bamforth, a former councillor and health campaigner, contacted The Express raising concerns about the centre’s impending closure.

He said: “It’s a charity, it’s local and sooner or later we will be needing such services for our friends or family.

“It’s one of a kind in the borough, it’s here and now, staffed and providing a service to our community. Many of us have family, friends or relatives suffering from ill health, old age and dementia – if this service closes, where will people go?”

Centre manager Pauline Baldwin said a new venue had yet to be found.

She added: “We’ve had a tremendous reaction from people, praising what we do – we’ve even had monetary contributions.

“But as yet, no-one has offered us a suitable site as yet.”

Anyone who may be able to help can contact Pauline Baldwin on (01253) 782743.