£120,000 windfall for NHS day centre

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An NHS day centre in Northampton for people with nervous system disorders is set to be extended after £120,000 was donated to the project.

Favell House, in Spinney Hill, has been looking to extend for the past year in order to take on more users and increase income.

NHS Northamptonshire Healthcare has revealed trustees have between them 
donated £120,000 towards building works and more 
than £55,000 to pay for someone to oversee future fund-raising.

Liz Johnstone, of the Favell House management group, said: “This is terrific news after such a lot of uncertainty.

“There is quite a waiting list for people and this will satisfy that demand.”

The donation is a turnaround in fortunes for the day unit, which faced closure last November when funding was withdrawn.

Northamptonshire County Council and the NHS kept it alive with some stopgap money but ever since a permanent plan has been sought.

The management group now hopes the introduction of a £22.50 charge, which will come out of users’ Government-funded personal allowances, coupled with more users in the extension, will generate the money needed to keep Favell House going.

Giles West, of NHS Northamptonshire Healthcare, said: “It is all about trying to make a viable business model and we agreed last year that more users was the way forward.”