People who have donated to our Finley’s Friends appeal are being invited to find out more about the amazing work at Holly House.

The specialist child development centre is holding an open day to raise the profile of the appeal.

The Blackburn Road centre has helped support hundreds of youngsters with a range of disabilities with therapy sessions and baby and toddler groups as well as support and activities for siblings.

It is staffed by four nursery nurses and used to run clinics by other professionals including a specialist health visitor, three paediatricians, two speech and language therapists, a physiotherapist and assistant, occupational therapists and a visiting clinical psychologist and administrator.

There is also an inclusion teacher and other therapists who visit on a regular basis.

Marie Hall from the centre said they were keen to promote the positive work it does for local children and their families. She said: “We have invited some of the local businesses that have supported the appeal and some of the individuals who have also donated. 

“Invitations have been sent out to local nurseries and schools however it will be half term.

“The children will not be in on the day due to confidentiality but the various staff are going to do displays about their roles, for example the occupational therapist, speech and language therapist and nursery nurses.

“We will be conducting tours of the centre and generally rising out profile within the community.” The event is from 11.30am to 2pm on Wednesday, February 20. Anyone who wants to find out more about Holly House is welcome to attend.

The Accrington Observer is trying to raise £20,000 for Holly House in Accrington.

Our appeal is heading towards £9,000 - meaning we’re half way to our ambitious total. But we need your help to reach our fundraising target and support Holly House in their amazing work with youngsters with a range of disabilities.

Your donations can help provide specialist IT equipment to help the youngsters learn and develop at the Blackburn Road centre.

We’re asking you to organise your own events for our appeal or to donate cash from events already organised.

The centre helped three-year-old Finley Rosbotham learn to walk and talk after he was born with part of his brain missing and has supported hundreds of youngsters through their difficulties and into mainstream schooling.If you can help us to reach our goal of you have an event you want to tell us about call the news desk on 0161 211 2977, email or contact us by post at Accrington Observer, MEN Media, Mitchell Henry House, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8EF.  You can also pop into our office at Unit 3 of Accrington Market Hall.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘ELHT Charitable Funds Account’ with the Finley’s Friends Appeal written on the back.  Finley’s family have started a Facebook group entitled Finley’s Friends at Holly House Fundraising page and a Twitter feed @finrosbotham so you can follow the progress of the fundraising. You can also donate online at

Upcoming events:

February 20 - Holly House open day for people who have supported the Finley’s Friends Appeal

March 19 - Accrington Stanley’s rescheduled game against Wimbledon. 50p from each adult entry will go to our appeal.