Merseyside Dad's Fight To Keep Foundation Open

13 January 2014, 16:35

The dad of toddler Francesca Bimpson has spoken about his fight to keep the foundation he set up in her memory open.

The Francesca Bimpson foundation was started after the toddler was killed in a house fire five years ago. 

The charity now risks closure after the shopping centre were it is based has gone into administration . 

Kieron Bimpson was given a seven day notice to vacate the premises, based in Huyton. He's been talking to Heart: ''It is a massive thing to build, the investment we've made of £40,000 in practical money from the charity, but equally where would you put another place like this, it is one of a kind and you can't just pick it up and put it somewhere else.'' 

The centre provides support and recourses for rehabilitation for victims of serious crimes for those in Merseyside and the wider community. 

Kieron said: ''We work with about 20 families at present and that can be anyone from adults right through to kids. It is a very much needed facility and we started off with a little office and now we've built a massive community centre.'' 

Francesca's dad is now hoping that the landlord will step in and help them in their fight to remain open.  ''As a dad it's my tribute to my girl and no more importantly than the bricks and mortar, everything reflects Francesca's life. It has took us a very hard journey to get here and i'm going to try equally hard to secure the future of the charity.''

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