A NATIONALLY renowned charity that lets disabled children get involved in sports and arts will be able to expand after moving to a new headquarters in Crewe.

The Cheshire Academy has worked with local families and children for the past 20 years, but its work was restricted by the deteriorating state of its former base in Macon Way.

Academy leader, Ian Chalmers, thanked Cheshire East Council for their ‘herculean efforts’ in helping the charity find a new home at the former Broad Street Infant School in Crewe.

Ian particularly thanked council leader Michael Jones and clr Janet Clewes of their ‘tireless work’.

He said: “Our relocation to Broad Street will not only enable the Academy to greatly expand its work but will allow many more children with and without disabilities to access its sports, and skills for life programmes.

“It will also enable the academy to expansion its special needs child development activities specifically for younger children, and the development of a community cafe will not only be a boon to the current users of the academy but I am sure will be welcomed by the local community.”

The charity is looking for volunteers to help with painting, decorating, joinery and plumbing once internal construction work at Broad Street is completed.

The charity hope to move into their new premises in Easter.

For more information about volunteering at the Cheshire Academy, contact Jane on 01270 255355 or via www.disabilitysport.com