Star backs plan to expand Pen Green

Actor Warwick Davis with Pen Green deputy head Angela Prodger and chairman of governors Mark Pengelly
Actor Warwick Davis with Pen Green deputy head Angela Prodger and chairman of governors Mark Pengelly

Hollywood and TV star Warwick Davis will host an auction after being inspired to help a Corby children’s centre.

The actor, who has appeared in Star Wars and the Harry Potter films and starred in BBC’s Life’s Too Short, launched his charity Little People UK at the Pen Green Centre last month.

He is now adding his support to a £300,000 project being led by Pen Green’s deputy head Angela Prodger to transform the centre.

The centre is hoping to refurbish a gym and adjoining room to provide extra spaces for nursery and reception-age children.

The star has now unveiled his plans to host a fundraiser at the research centre on April 21. He said: “There are so many great facilities for the kids and looking around it was inspirational. Angela told me about the plans for expansion and improvement.

“I think her vision is so amazing and thought this would be a way of repaying the favour for allowing us to hold our inaugural event here.

“It is at the heart of this area, as far as kids go, it’s something the community couldn’t do without. I think it’s really worth developing, nurturing and supporting.”

The new area will have a drop-in centre for parents, and improved indoor and outdoor areas for youngsters.

Pen Green, which faced funding cuts last year, has set aside £160,000 from its budget and aims to raise the remainder in time for it to open in September this year.

Mrs Prodger said: “With the growth in Corby and demand for places it will be necessary to expand our services and make provision for more children and families.”