MULTI-MILLION-POUND LOTTERY WINNER PETER CONGDON WILL BE CUTTING THE FIRST SOD TO KICK START THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW HYDROTHERAPY POOL FOR THE MERLIN MS CENTRE.
Grandfather Peter Congdon, of Truro, who donated £1million for a new hydrotherapy pool for the Merlin MS Centre after winning £13.5 million on the Camelot Lotto was invited to don a hard hat and spade to officially kick-start the project today.
After his win, Mr Congdon, 69, pledged to support the charity to help fund a new facility, in memory of his wife Rosemary, who had MS. “I cared for my wife for over 30 years and to watch someone you love struggle with a condition like MS is really tough. Cornwall had nothing like the Centre at that time and I know Rosemary would have really benefitted from what they offer there already,” he said.
“Loraine Long, Centre Manager, said:” We are all so grateful to Peter for this amazing donation and for his and his family’s support of the Charity, Hydrotherapy can be of enormous benefit to people with a range of different health conditions and I am delighted to be able to see the start of this new project. I will be retiring at the end of the year so to know that this has been delivered in 2018 will be a lovely legacy to leave,” She added.
The therapy team at the Centre will be able to deliver exercises in the pool which will improve the health and well-being of people who have neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s and Strokes. Once opened, the pool will be available for hire to the wider Cornish community.
Once planning permission was granted, the Charity put the project out to tender – and appointed Brady Construction Services to build the facility. The first phase includes the construction of a new steel-framed building housing the specialist pool, accessible changing rooms and toilets, additional car parking, energy efficient facilities and specialist equipment such as hoists and buoyancy aids for the pool.
The total cost of the project is around £1.3 million. The Charity has also secured funding from Grants and is continuing to fundraise for equipment while building work is going on. It is hoped to deliver phase two, - a café and conference facility – which will help fund the running costs of the pool facility in due course.
Brady Construction Services is a leading south-west building contractor, based in Devon & Cornwall, offering main contracting services across all sectors.
David Agnew, Director of the company, said: “We were delighted to win this tender and deliver a brilliant new facility for the Merlin MS Centre, which we hope to complete by the end of 2018. The company undertakes all aspects of construction work and have developed a significant portfolio of private and public-sector works including commercial, residential, retail, industrial, educational and healthcare contracts. We cover a wide spectrum from new-build developments, through to extensions, refurbishments and listed building works.”
It is hoped to complete phase one by the end of 2018.