A centre that supports adults with profound learning disabilities in Worcester has been named as our charity of the year.

Worcester News announced that The Myriad Centre would be their chosen charity receiving £1,000 at the end of 2023.

Readers could nominate a charity they thought would benefit from the money to help in the community. The editor then reviewed the charities with the most votes.

The Myriad Centre supports adults with PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties) meaning many of their clients have disabilities that significantly affect their ability to communicate and be independent.

Rachel Shepherd, a freelance fundraiser, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the Worcester News Charity of the Year and would like to thank everyone that nominated us.

"The continued support of our community means the world to us.

"Our clients often have difficulties seeing, hearing, speaking and moving which leads to them having complicated health and social care needs.

"We are an independent charity that supports Worcestershire County Council by providing care and day care for up to 25 adults with PMLD, and, as a charity, bridges the gap between statutory care funded by the council and the care each individual needs to thrive.

"We know that the fun, social opportunities, therapies and care our clients receive at Myriad allows them to thrive as adults and live their life with possibility, not disability.”

Rachel continued: "The £1,000 donation will enable us to provide a stimulating and caring environment for our clients, enabling them to take part in a variety of activities and therapies that support their health and physical and mental wellbeing such as music therapy, physiotherapy, days out and arts and crafts resources."