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21 March 2014, 00:00
A charity that helps youngsters who have experienced trauma and are struggling to cope has unveiled its fancy new base.
Kids Inspire was founded by Sue Bell seven years ago and have been based in temporary accomodation ever since.
But yesterday (Thursday 20 March) they opened the doors to a brand new premises in Chelmsford City Centre.
The team had organised a special launch party and hundreds turned out to show their support.
Speaking to Heart, Sue Bell said: "It's wonderful, it is what we're about, it's about changing lives and supporting children to be the best that they can be."
Olympic Medalist Fatima Whitbread, who is from Essex, was there to cut the ribbon. She spent 14 years in care and told us: "I know what it's like for kids to be emotionally disturbed and need the kind of support that Kids Inspire offer."
Also amongst the crowd was service user Caitlin Barnes-Davies, she told Heart: "To be blunt Kids Inspire saved my life, just to have someone who listened and could help me to understand and I'm so happy that they can continue to do the same thing for other people."
Kids Inspire is a children's charity helping the disadvantaged and troubled young people of Essex become valued members of society.
For more information visit www.kidsinspire.org.uk.