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Plans for ‘Professor Stephen Hawking Centre’ get cash lift

PUBLISHED: 17:20 15 November 2018

Designs of the Stephen Hawking centre from the east. Picture: Headway Suffolk

Designs of the Stephen Hawking centre from the east. Picture: Headway Suffolk

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Plans for a new brain injury rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Ipswich have been boosted thanks to some large donations towards the cost of the build.

Brain injury charity Headway Suffolk is embarking on exciting plans to build the centre, which will include 24 homes in two bungalows for local people with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions, on the Ravenswood area of Ipswich, by 2020.

The centre, which will be named the Professor Stephen Hawking Centre after the famous scientist, has won the backing Ipswich MP Sandy Martin and Suffolk county councillor for the Ravenswood area Bill Quinton.

Headway Suffolk has received anonymous donations of £10,000 and £5,000, as well as two donations of £1,000 from carers, towards the £5 million total cost.

Anyone can get involved in sponsoring the new centre, including families, schools and businesses, by purchasing bricks from just 50p each.

Companies can have a room named after them for a donation of £66,000.

For those wishing to make an anonymous donation of £5,000 or more, can do so through Suffolk Community Foundation at: www.suffolkcf.org.uk.

Headway Suffolk chief executive Helen Fairweather said: “We are very grateful for all the donations that we have received so far, no matter how large or small. It really is appreciated.

“We are now moving towards planning permission and are excited at the progress being made with the project.”

Headway Suffolk is also planning ahead for a new rehabilitation hub in Bury St Edmunds by being involved in discussions with St Edmundsbury Borough Council about early plans for the multi-million pound Western Way Development, a new public services building which is set to open in 2023.

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