‘Brilliant’ – Warm reaction as Songs of Praise features Kepplewray center

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READERS have paid tribute to a ‘brilliant’ activity center after it was featured on a BBC show.

The Kepplewray Center was visited by James Lusted and featured on the latest episode of BBC show Songs of Praise.

The episode focused on Carlisle Cathedral, but a segment took place in the Southern Lakes, around Broughton and Coniston, with entertainers and young people.

On the show, James Lusted participated in activities such as stacking crates in the forest and canoeing on Coniston.

The show garnered a warm response on social media among viewpoints and those involved.

Pamela Burton said: “It was great to see everyone involved. It’s a fantastic thing they’ve done for everyone.

“Reece was happy to see himself on TV.

“Thank you to everyone who helped make it all possible.”

Another comment said: “Reece Burton was super excited to see himself on TV.

“Reece always wanted to be ‘famous’ and his words on Sunday were ‘Me famous, I can’t believe it’, while looking on with the biggest smile ever.”

Les Mcleese said: “YouthAbility Youth Services of Barrow had a great day.”

In the segment, James spoke to underprivileged youth, tutors and activity center staff.

Craig Wallace, Activities Manager at Kepplewray, said: “I think my best moment here at Kepplewray was when we had a guy completely immobile in his chair who couldn’t communicate verbally at all and hardly any special communication. We helped him down the ramp and when he came down the most amazing smile broke out on his face.”

Manager Nick Breton told James: “We are a Christian center but we are open to everyone. We have a particular desire to bring people from vulnerable, low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds or those living with other barriers in life.

“We have a very strong philosophy of inclusion for all, making sure everyone has a great time together, learns and helps each other.”

The McLeese

Yes YouthAbility Youth Services of Barrow had a great day

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