Apple Cast charity opens eco centre
NEWBURGH charity Apple Cast has formally opened its new Eco Centre building and respite lodges.
The charity supports excluded children, young people and adults with special educational needs or disabilities.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined guests to hear about Apple Cast’s continued growth over the years.
The story began in 2006 when Cast North West was founded by Neil Farnworth and then merged with Red Apple Trust, a charity with similar aims, in December 2016 to form Apple Cast.
Cast developed an education package which embedded literacy and numeracy, centred around the sport of angling.
Joining Ms Cooper for the official opening of the Eco Centre was Christine Jones, whose husband was a founder and trustee of Red Apple Trust.
Ms Cooper said: “I met with Neil a few months back to learn about the work of Apple Cast and the plans they have to develop and expand their offering and education to those disadvantaged or not otherwise in education, employment or training.
“It is a remarkable facility and the expansion to now include this Eco Centre continues to grow the opportunities the users here have available to them in building confidence, self-esteem and upskilling themselves.
“Two hundred kids a week come here and learn valuable skills which they can take out into the world with them.
“It was a privilege to be asked to come to open the Eco Centre.”
Apple Cast provides a variety of activities including working with small farm animals, horticulture, conservation, angling, and bespoke woodwork.