Ap­ple Cast char­ity opens eco cen­tre

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

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.

Rosie Cooper MP with Neil Farn­worth and Chris­tine Jones

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