William Merritt Charity Moves into New Disable Living Centre
The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre have moved into a newly renovated building and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Lord and Lady Mayoress officially unveiled the plaque yesterday, on Friday 27th January 2017. Today, the local community enjoyed the continued celebrations and got the opportunity to have a look around the new Centre. Guest enjoyed cake, sweets donated from Haribo, and samples from Wiltshire Farm Foods.
After 35 years of being based at St Mary’s Hospital in Armley, the charity has moved to a new building in Rodley that has been renovated so that Occupational Therapists can conduct more assessments of people with a disability or condition in Yorkshire. The renovation couldn’t have been possible without thousands of pounds of donations from Projex Building Solutions, Firecrest, Kingkraft, Wates, The Passmore Group, Yorkshire Care, and Box Architects.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson officially opened the centre commented, “I was delighted to asked to come and open the William Merritt Centre. It is a fabulous building and to have not only so much space, but the range of equipment and advice in one place is fabulous. It will really make a difference to the lives of disabled people to be able to ultimately access the best equipment for them.”
Occupational Therapists at the Centre provide impartial information, advice and assessment on equipment and practical aspects of daily living for disabled people of all ages, their carers, professionals and older people. Anyone can make a free appointment with one of our Occupational Therapists to discuss your needs in more detail.
Chair of Trustees Professor Anne Chamberlain explained, “We are a charity and are very fortunate in that so many people have given generously of their time and equipment for our new Centre. The staff have worked incredibly hard too. So now we have a beautiful new Centre and this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter; we look forward to helping even more people.”
Dignitaries and VIP’s enjoyed a tour of the different departments in the Centre including the technology room, the driving assessment and vehicle adaptations area, everyday living aids, the paediatric assessment area, Try B 4 U Fly, and training room.
About The William Merritt Centre
The William Merritt Centre is a charity offering impartial advice and professional assessments on a wide range of equipment. You will have the opportunity to try equipment before you buy it to make sure it best meets your needs. The range of children’s equipment on permanent display in the Centre is limited, but the paediatric therapists are able to bring in a wide range of equipment to cover all aspects of daily living. We also provide training on Moving and Handling to people in the care profession.
The address is:
The William Merritt Centre
100 Town Street
The website address is www.wmdlc.org
About Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson
Regarded as one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni, amassed a remarkable medal haul over 16 years and five Paralympic Games of 11 gold, 4 silver and a bronze.
In 2005 she became ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson for her services to sport. Tanni has continued to be involved in sport and physical activity. She is a Board Member of the London Marathon, the Sportsaid Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Join In. In addition to this she is also a Board Member of several organisations including Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London 2017 Organising Committee.
In 2010 Tanni became an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, taking the title Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. As a working peer Tanni uses her experience and knowledge during debates in the House and she has spoken on a range of issues including Disability Rights, Welfare Reform, and of course, Sport.