Rugby star and Chef Phil Vickery MBE unveils the plaque for the Family Haven’s garden opening along with Gloucester MP Richard Graham.

LH 096 Wooden Spoon stirs up smiles at Family Haven in Gloucester

Children gave their new playground a gigantic thumbs-up when guests arrived for the official opening. There were smiles galore as they clambered over the eggshell roadway and splashed about in the puddle pond. The new £14,000 outdoor play area at The Family Haven day centre in Spa Road, Gloucester was funded by the Gloucestershire branch of the Wooden Spoon charity. Unveiling the plaque was rugby star and chef Phil Vickery MBE, along with Gloucester MP Richard Graham. “This sums up what giving is all about: giving families and children aspiration and a sense of pride in the place they come from,” said Phil. Nursery Manager at the centre, Helen Jackson, was ecstatic. “The kids are so excited this is like gold dust!” she said. “When Wooden Spoon told us they were going to give us the money I was close to tears. We’re so grateful, we can’t put it into words. “The children who come here deserve a fantastic place to play and that’s what we’ve got.” LH 101

Chair of the Family Haven’s trustees, Nick Bury, thanked other supporters wholeheartedly for helping out: Wickes who donated tools, Screw-fix who gave money for tools, Nicks & Co Timber which helped with fencing, volunteer handyman Gary Forsythe, and trustee Brian Riches who oversaw the project. There was also a special mention for the team from Ecclesiastical who did a brilliant job of designing and painting a mural. Members of the Wooden Spoon charity were delighted with the outcome.  Chair of the Gloucestershire branch Tim Heal said: “This fits entirely with our remit to help disadvantaged children. It’s brilliant. We have an expression in the Spoon – stirring smiles. That’s what we’ve got today.”




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