The father-daughter duo visited the home of the Young People's Counselling Service (YPCS), officially named the Annabelle Davis Centre (ADC) in honour of the The Dumping Ground actress, who is a patron of the charity.
The centre opened in September 2020 to provide counselling, play therapy, wellbeing groups and family support groups in the North Cambridgeshire and Fenland area – but was missing a sensory garden. Artist Jeni Cairns, alongside Huntingdon District Council and Persimmon Homes East Midlands, has created a space that can be used by families between sessions.
Annabelle has also been creating artwork for the centre. The originals will stay at the ADC, but limited edition prints will be available to purchase, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the charity to help with the day-to-day running costs of the centre. These paintings are based around a water theme, to draw from the lighthouse logo used by the ADC.
While visiting the centre, Warwick and Annabelle were also able to meet Leo, aged 8, who raised £620 for YPCS by cycling 20 miles across a week. This money can fund 12 sessions of counselling, work that is more important than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The YPCS provides free and confidential services to those between the ages of 11 and 18 who are facing challenges and emotional difficulties. With the national average waiting time at the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services sitting at around 6 months, the YPCS hopes to target locally and ensure the needed support is there when young people reach out.