Paralympic hero and TV presenter, Ade Adepitan, visited Brent this week (3 October) to spend time at the Council's short breaks centre.
The centre is for local children and young people aged 5 - 18, with profound and multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. The centre offers them opportunities to enjoy new experiences and for parents, in turn, to get the chance for a valuable short break. Children and young people voted for the centre, which opened in 2013, to be named after Ade Adepitan. It has been rated as an 'Outstanding' centre in its most recent Ofsted inspection.
Adepitan is an accomplished wheelchair basketball player and a member of the Great Britain team that won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and the gold medal at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. He is also a TV presenter - from CBBC's 'Xchange' to a Channel 4 Dispatches programme, 'Britain on Benefits' and the BBC series 'The Travel Show'.
Ade wanted to visit the centre again to spend time with the young people, play games, share dinner with the young people, parents & staff and see how the centre was growing.
Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:
"My visit to the Ade Adepitan Short Breaks Centre this week reminded me why I became a councillor; to provide young people like those who use the centre with fantastic facilities to spend time and be given the tools to reach their full potential.
"The staff at the centre love what they do and it made me proud to be part of a Council that is committed to protecting services such as these. I was delighted that Ade was able to visit and spend the evening with the children."