Youngsters who use Hargreaves House enjoyed a massive Easter egg hunt – as part of their bid to save a vital respite disabled care centre from closure.
More than 20 members of Accrington Motorcycle Club gave 80 eggs to youngsters at the Oswaldtwistle care home before embarking on a ride around the town to raise awareness of the Thwaites Road home as the campaign to save the centre continues.
The club is supporting the campaign as Hargreaves House cares for dozens of children with disabilities.
Club member David Hudson said: “Whenever we can support a charity which helps disabled children, we do so. Hargreaves House does a lot of good for a lot of people.”
Hargreaves House is one of eight homes across the county that Lancashire County Council is considering closing as part of cost-saving measures which will save the county £179m over the next three years.
Supporters of Hargreaves House, which caters for 40 families, say it is a vital facility which provides much-needed support for families looking after severely disabled relatives.
Campaigner Pamela McCullagh said: “The members of Accrington Motorcycle Club were wonderful.”
Pamela, of Burnley Road, Accrington, uses the centre on a regular basis as her son Matthew, 16, suffers from Angelman Syndrome – a genetic disorder which means he can never live independently.
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said: “It gives parents a break from the demands of having to look after a disabled child 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
“Hargreaves House is saving the tax payer an awful lot of money.
“If parents don’t have the support it provides, many would have to rely on the full-time care of the county council which would cost a lot more money.”
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said discussions about the closure of respite centres were continuing and a formal decision would be made at a later date.
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