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Chief Executive and Charity Founder
Business Development Officer
Our children inspire us… Can they inspire you?
In 2010 a small group of parents, tired of the lack of facilities for play accessible to their children with disabilities, set about establishing their dream of a unique play centre that would allow them their right to play.
The charity Pathways 4 All was set up with the determined Lynn McManus at the helm. Being a parent of 5 adopted children with various additional needs, Lynn had firsthand experience of how it felt to be rejected from mainstream play areas. Lynn brought together a Board of Trustees with local business people, councillors, trades and parents who developed the plan for the charity. Through the Asset Transfer Scheme, a derelict building at The Rising Sun Country Park became available but needing so much more than a lick of paint it seemed an impossible task.
The Chair of the Board, Tim Lamb, was invaluable in bringing together the right people to help the charity establish the funds and support needed to get the ball rolling. Sadly Tim passed away before seeing the fruits of his labour come to fruition, hence the centre being named in his honour.
With the help of Operation Homefront, A Channel 5 production and the support of many local trade businesses, The Tim Lamb Centre finally opened its doors in November 2012. Since that time, we have had almost 1000 families register with us and a number of groups and schools as well who make good use of wide range of play facilities available here. The centre outgrew its space very quickly and in 2017 reopened after a 3 month refurbishment and extension that gave more space for families with a brand new kitchen and café area. Now an average 1600 visitors each month attend family sessions or short breaks programmes at the centre.