Celebration day

Chatting Independently celebrate their 10th anniversary with a party. Mayor Andrew Pugh joins staff and residents.
Chatting Independently celebrate their 10th anniversary with a party. Mayor Andrew Pugh joins staff and residents.

The champagne corks popped as March-based Chatting Independently celebrated its tenth anniversary with a party on Saturday at 3 Rectory Drive.

Town Mayor Andrew Pugh attended and a commemorative rose named after the business was planted to mark the occasion.

There were over 100 guests including staff and their families, residents with members of their families and friends. There was entertainment for the children and face-painting, a hog roast, tombola and a draw which raised £430 towards equipment for the residents.

Anthony Robertson, Registered Manager of Chatting Independently, who has cerebral palsy, said: “It has always been my dream to run my own residential rehab centre and it is amazing to think Chatting Independently has been helping people with a physical disability become free from the control or influence of others so they learn how to ask for a hand to do what they want to do rather than what others think they should do for 10 years. Saturday was a great day giving an understanding of the service and atmosphere we generate.”