Sir George formally cut the ribbon and declared the new Kingfisher Day Centre at Laverstoke open.
The Day Centre had been previously been based in Whitchurch, ain the grounds of Testbourne School. The School needed the space and gave the Day Centre notice some two years ago. "The Trustees and the volunteers have done really well to find an alternative site and to equip it - and to move from Whitchurch to Laverstoke without closing for a single day." The Day Centre is open 4 days a week for older people of all abilities for care and social interaction. A freshly prepared two course meal is provided every day, and there are a wide range of activities to encourage clients to remain as active and independent for as long as possible. "We are enormously fortunate to have this resource available locally, and it was generous of De La Rue to lease the old Sports and Social Club in Laverstoke rent free so the Day Centre can be located there without huge overheads."
In a short speech,Sir George congratulated the volunteers on raising £12,000 through a progressive dinner, and also thanked the many organisations represented at the opening for the financial support which they gave to the Day Centre. The Chairman of the Trustees, Adrian Lewis, introduced Nigel Chambers, who was representing De La Rue. Mr Chambers said how proud he was that De La Rue had been able to make the building available, and Sir George said that the larger premises would enable the Kingfisher Trust to take on more clients and offer them improved facilities.