Emily’s mission to raise cash for Space Centre

Little fund-raiser: Emily Robinson with dad Stuart at the Space Centre in Preston

Little fund-raiser: Emily Robinson with dad Stuart at the Space Centre in Preston

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A kind 10-year-old has launched an appeal to help raise the final £85,000 for the city’s Space Centre.

Emily Robinson, from Lostock Hall, near Preston, has a rare brain disorder called Lissencephaly and also suffers epilepsy.

She is a regular visitor at the Space Centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton and now wants to help children like her benefit from the fun and therapies of the centre by helping to raise the final £85,000 to kit out Space 2, a new multisensory room.

Emily’s mum Jane Robinson, 40, said: “We love it here, we have been coming here for years. She has a little brother and little sister and it’s somewhere we can come as a family where everyone can get something out of it, rather than going to a soft play centre where there’s nothing for Emily.”

Jane, who works at the centre, added: “We are booked up all the time, when people ring us it is often the only place they can go. It is so important to raise this £85,000.

Hilary Holden, fund-raising co-ordinator at the Space Centre, said: “We wanted millions and here we are now wanting £85,000 which is amazing.

“Jane and Stuart Robinson have been instrumental in helping space. Jane works here and Stuart was our chairman at one stage.

“They are always willing to go out and tell the story of Emily.

“Jane is very experienced, she can see it from a mother’s point of view and she can see it from a professional point of view.

“They are both great ambassadors for Space.”

The popular centre faced an uncertain future when it emerged there was a funding black hole but thanks to public support and the centre merging with a charitable organisation called Creative Support it was saved.

In July the centre launched a text appeal to raise cash to kit out Space 2. To donate text SPCE02 £2/£5/£10 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/spacecentre