The Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) Administration’s Dhekelia Area Office recently donated €1,000 to the Apostolos Pavlos Centre for people with special needs in Liopetri.
The centre has used the money to buy a much-needed mini-bus which will allow staff to take its students out for day visits.
The cheque was presented to the centre’s manager, Chryso Kouzapa, by the Sovereign Base Area Police Chief Constable, Chris Eyre, who paid tribute to the work the staff are doing at the centre.
He said: “I find this part of my job the most heartening. It gives me great pleasure to visit places like this to see the outstanding work that is being carried out by the staff here.”
The centre looks after 35 people with mental and physical disabilities, aged 18 and up and, according to Kouzapa, donations are key to the annual running of Apostolos Pavlos.
She explained: “We always need money and we are always looking at ways to bring in much-needed funds. We receive an annual grant from the Government but, in order for us to provide the level of care that we want to, we need to raise more money and that is why we are so grateful to the Dhekelia Area Office for this kind donation.
“It is not easy to run a centre with adults with some very severe mental and physical disabilities, so being able to buy things like a mini-bus really does make a difference to their quality of life and the level of care we can provide them.”
Chairman of the Liopetri Community Council, Kyriacos Trisokkos, was also quick to highlight the close relationship the community has with the SBAs.
He said: “We are grateful to the Area Office and the SBA Police for keeping us in mind for these much-needed donations. We value our relationship with the SBAs and we are thankful for the help they have provided.”
During the visit, the SBA Police also gifted the centre with a hydro-therapy jacuzzi, which had been donated anonymously so it can be used by the centre all-year round for its students.
Head of the SBA Police’s Community Unit in Dhekelia, Sergeant Costas Constantinou, played an integral part in securing the jacuzzi for the centre and he said he was delighted it had gone to such a good home.
“I wanted to make sure it would be put to good use,” he said. “And because of the nature of some of the disabilities people at the centre have, this seemed like the best possible place for it to go. I am really happy it will be able to be put to good use and it will really help those that need it.”