Charity centre in Leeds is starting to shape up nicely

Anneka Rice with Leeds Mencap chair Martin Staniforth at the site of the new centre.
Anneka Rice with Leeds Mencap chair Martin Staniforth at the site of the new centre.
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A fresh phase of work has begun on a flagship new centre for Leeds Mencap in East End Park.

The £2.6m centre has been initially constructed off-site in the shape of nearly 50 separate ‘modules’.

The first set of modules were delivered to the Vinery Terrace space earmarked for the facility yesterday morning.

By the end of next week, all 48 modules will be in position, ready for another stage of the construction process.

Leeds Mencap says it is hoped work on the centre – which will replace the charity’s existing home on Londesboro Terrace – will be done and dusted in the spring.

It is also stressing, however, that funds still have to be raised so that the finishing touches can be put to the project.

Leeds Mencap chief executive Cath Lee said: “We do need to keep working hard to raise funds to keep the project moving.

“To open the doors to an inviting place and get the services up-and-running we still need a further £429,000.

“If you can help, perhaps by purchasing a brick in our buy a brick scheme or holding a fundraising event at work, then we would love to hear from you.”

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the new centre will house Leeds Mencap’s specialist services for people with learning disabilities.

In an innovative move, it will also be home to a nursery and other facilities for the wider community.

TV favourite Anneka Rice visited the site late last year to run the rule over the progress of work on the replacement for the Londesboro Terrace building that she helped bring to life on her hugely-popular Challenge Anneka show back in 1992.

For further information on easy ways to get involved with the Space For Me appeal that is raising the remaining funds needed for the centre, go to the website.