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A small Cambridgeshire charity with celebrity patrons has fulfilled its dream of opening a wellbeing centre in Wisbech to help local families.

It was back in September 2019 that the Young People's Counselling Service (YPCS) announced its ambitions of opening an Annabelle Davis Centre at St Peter's Lodge.

YPCS is a charity, which has provided free counselling for young people for over 25 years. Now it has set up a "family resiliency centre" to help families in the Fenland area before they hit a crisis point.

Annabelle Davis and dad Warwick Davis are celebrity patrons on the project to open an Annabelle Davis Centre in Wisbech. Photo: BBC.
Annabelle Davis and dad Warwick Davis are celebrity patrons on the project to open an Annabelle Davis Centre in Wisbech. Photo: BBC.

The centre is named after the actress daughter of Star Wars actor Warwick Davis, who startted in the CBBC's The Dumping Ground.

Warwick and Annabelle are both patrons of the project, which opened its first centre in Yaxley in 2019.

With the generous support of more than twenty local businesses and donors who provided materials, services, and their time, YPCS were able to open the doors to the Wisbech Annabelle Davis Centre in October 2021 and have already begun to take referrals from North Brink practise and local secondary schools, providing counselling sessions to young people of the area.

The Annabelle Davis Centre in wisbech is now up and running and ready to help families. (57000495)
The Annabelle Davis Centre in wisbech is now up and running and ready to help families. (57000495)

With three therapy rooms and two meeting spaces available to rent to organisations that work with young people, they have recently welcomed Centre 33 and The Kite Trust, who run their services from the centre.

Samantha Ronnay the business support lead based at YPCS Wisbech said: "We deeply appreciate the generous support from every business and donor involved in making Annabelle Davis Centre Wisbech a reality. Your kindness means we can now provide children and young people in Fenland a warm and welcoming centre where they can feel relaxed and supported through their emotional difficulties.

For further details of the centre or if you would like to support YPCS, please email admin@ypcs.uk.

The Annabelle Davis Centre in wisbech is now up and running and ready to help families. (57000489)
The Annabelle Davis Centre in wisbech is now up and running and ready to help families. (57000489)

Sponsors and supporters include: St Peter’s Parochial Church Council; Alan Houghton; AMR Group; B andQ; Bourne Carpets and Flooring Ltd; Brewers Decorator Centres; Buildbase; Eastern Frames; Excel Engineering UK Ltd; Grandline Plastering; Howsafe; JBE Services Ltd; Milner Decorators; Nick Barker Construction UK Ltd; Screwfix Foundation; Swann Edwards Architects; Town Red Decorating Ltd; WE Consulting Engineers; Westbrook Window Repairs; The Evelyn Trust; The Hudson Foundation; The Strangward Trust.

The Annabelle Davis Centre in wisbech is now up and running and ready to help families. (57000486)
The Annabelle Davis Centre in wisbech is now up and running and ready to help families. (57000486)
The Annabelle Davis Centre in wisbech is now up and running and ready to help families. (57000492)
The Annabelle Davis Centre in wisbech is now up and running and ready to help families. (57000492)


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