This week was very special for The Stoke Gingerbread Centre because our newly refurbished play area was opened yesterday in front of invited guests and finally became available to our families. Thanks to Louise Stones from BBC Radio Stoke (pictured courtesy of The Sentinel) for cutting the ribbon.

The £27k project involved a complete revamp with all new surfaces, fantastic new play equipment and new seating. What was an unexciting space is now an exciting social and play area that all our families will appreciate very much.

The main feature is a twin tower climbing frame with a slide, rope ladder, rickety bridge and fireman’s pole surrounded by a soft, safe surface. One tower includes a small, vertical climbing wall and a safe seating area underneath. Other features of the play area are a moveable mud kitchen and wall mounted play consoles.

Sincere thanks to the funders and contractors who have made this possible, we are very grateful. You have helped to make a real difference to The Gingerbread Centre.