Plans to turn a former Banbury nightclub into a charity hub were celebrated by the Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday.
Oxfordshire charity Style Acre purchased Le Royale in Butchers Row last year with plans to turn it into a multi-functional hub for people with learning disabilities.
The Banbury Guardian was in attendance as Mrs Cameron celebrated the plans which will see those living with mild to moderate learning disabilities in the north of the county catered for.
The aim of the project, which is due to be finished in September, is to give about 60-80 adults the opportunity to learn new skills and find volunteering and employment opportunities.
It will also house four supported living flats, a café and a second-hand book and craft shop. On hearing about Style Acre’s Banbury plans, Mrs Cameron offered to host a reception at Number 10 for the charity.
Style Acre chief executive, Kate Liddle, said: ‘We are deeply grateful to Mrs Cameron for giving us this opportunity to unveil our exciting plans.
“The reception was a fabulous setting in which to thank our friends and supporters and to meet new ones.
“Our reception at No 10 will have a lasting impact on us all at Style Acre.”
Mrs Cameron has first-hand experience of disability as the Camerons’ son Ivan – who died in 2009 aged six – had cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
She said. “When you’re the parent of a disabled child, the biggest fear is for when your child is not a child anymore.”