Charity has designs on stylish new centre in Leeds

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This is the stylish design planned for a new Leeds Mencap centre in East End Park.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds Mencap is aiming to raise £750,000 to help pay for the centre, which would stand on the site of the former Mount St Mary’s School, off York Road.

Now the charity has released a computer-generated image of how the new building would look.

Leeds Mencap today also revealed that it has already raised £50,000 since the centre appeal – entitled Space For Me – was launched last month.

And it is asking people across the city to throw their weight behind one “final push” to find the rest of the money needed for the project.

A Leeds Mencap spokeswoman said: “We’ve had a really positive response from Leeds businesses, trusts, existing supporters and local residents wanting to get behind the campaign.

“But with £700,000 left to find there is still work to be done to make the new centre a reality and we’re urging people to get involved.”

The proposed Raincliffe Road centre would house Leeds Mencap’s specialist services for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Predicted to be the first of its kind in the country, it would also be home to a nursery and other facilities for the wider community.

Around £1.75m of the £2.5m cost of the scheme has been secured thanks to support from donors including Jimbo’s Fund, set up by the late Leeds philanthropist Jimi Heselden.

Speaking at the launch of the appeal to raise the remaining £750,000, Leeds Mencap chief executive officer Cath Lee said: “The new community space will help people from a wide range of backgrounds, integrating people with and without learning disabilities from east Leeds and the whole city.”

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