A NEW £1.7m home for disabled youngsters in Mirfield got the royal seal of approval last Friday.
High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Virginia Lloyd was at the official opening of Orchard Court at the Hollybank Trust.
Mrs Lloyd, one of the Queen’s representatives, attended the event with a host of other dignitaries.
Two MPs and three mayors were among those who turned out for a day of celebrations at the Far Common Road site.
Mayor of Kirklees Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) and Mayor of Mirfield Vivien Lees-Hamilton and Mayor of Calderdale Ann Martin were there.
Veteran Labour MPs Mike Wood (Batley and Spen), who handed over the keys to Orchard Court, and Barry Sheerman also attended.
A brass quartet from Roberttown Junior School performed, with Hollybank residents getting in on the act too.
Mr Wood said: I am so pleased to be formally opening the latest development in this continuing miracle at the Hollybank Trust.
“I’ve seen it over the last 20 years develop and grow with always the following vision in mind, that we are going to provide the very best we can for those with profound and complex disabilities. Who can say there’s any better idea than that?”
Orchard Court is a two-storey building which will become home to eight of Hollybank’s youngest residents.
It also provides seven short break or respite care beds for other profoundly disabled children.
Colourful interactive lighting, jetted water features and therapeutic sensory elements are to be added later.
The gardens will be also be further developed, particularly through the addition of a ‘prehistoric’ area by volunteers.
Hollybank chief executive Pam King said: “It’s wonderful to have so many guests here to celebrate the opening of Orchard Court.
“We believe it will provide a warm, homely and welcoming environment for both our own children and those who come to stay with us.”