Club for children with disabilities throws farewell party after 32 years (From This Is Local London)
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Epsom Phab, a club for children with disabilities, throws farewell party after 32 years at Linton Centre
Epsom & Ewell Phab has said goodbye to its home of 32 years with a countdown party.
The club for children with and without disabilities held the party on December 20 at the Linton Centre, in Linton's Lane, Epsom.
Those attending included members and former volunteers, including founding leader Betty Giles.
Club leader, Julia Giles, 49 along with her husband Adrian, 51, who have been volunteers at the club since they were teenagers, were presented with MBEs for their services to children with disabilities by the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle in November.
She said the party was a sad occasion but the coming together of generations made it a memorable night: "It was a difficult occasion but we had really good fun".
Thanks to a passionate Save Epsom Phab’ campaign run by supporters of the club, Phab will be relocating to its new home in Nescot next month.
The new venue has been designed to allow the club to host a varied programme of activities on Friday evenings.
These include football, tennis, basketball, unihoc and sitting volleyball, arts and crafts, dance and drama, plus an ever-popular tuck shop.
The Mayor's Charity fund this year is raising money to develop an additional outside sports area similar to that which was available at the Linton Centre.
Guests at the party were treated to music, fireworks and an art session that allowed youngsters to personalise their Hall of Fame stars.
Josh Blakley, 19, who was the DJ on the night, said he was very moved by it: "Only a few special events leave me speechless and spine tingling, this definitely was one."
Phab is best known for its weekly club evenings, outings, and its annual activity holidays.
It is run by volunteers and currently has 120 members aged 8-16, with and without disabilities.
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