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Last Updated: Monday, 23 October 2006, 08:21 GMT 09:21 UK
Charity set to lose hospital base
Compaid client Gillian Shaw
Compaid client Gillian Shaw uses computers to help her memory
A charity will have to leave its rent-free premises at Kent's Pembury Hospital this week because the site is being redeveloped.

The Compaid Trust, which helps people with disabilities develop IT skills, has said if a new site cannot be found, it will have to close in December.

Kent County Council said it valued the charity's work and had offered options that had not been taken forward.

It said the trust's users would be offered other providers if it closed.

Trustees of the charity, which has been based at the hospital for nearly 20 years and works with about 450 people, will discuss options for the future at a meeting on Wednesday.

Our staff have worked hard...to support the organisation
Kent County Council

Compaid client Gillian Shaw, who lost her long-term memory through illness 24 years ago, said: "I'm using Compaid to help me to learn how to use a computer to keep my memory working.

"In a couple of months when I can't remember what I've done, I'll go back to my computer and look at the discs."

A spokesman for Kent County Council said: "Our staff have worked hard over the past three years to support the organisation as it looks for a new home.

"We have come up with a number of options which unfortunately Compaid has not felt able to take forward.

"We hope the trustees find a solution before they have to leave the Pembury Hospital site."




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