Reuben’s Retreat has put building work to complete its premises for families of children with life-limiting illnesses on hold.

The charity, supported heavily by the travel industry, said it felt it was important to “pause to protect” in order to put families first as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic.

A hydrotherapy pool and sensory and movie room were due to be completed and ready for use by the end of April.

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The charity is in the final stages of finishing its new wing for families of children with life-limiting illnesses at its headquarters in Glossop, Derbyshire, on the site of a former hospital. This will also include a messy play room with a stage, kitchenette and office.

In a statement yesterday, founder Nicola Graham said: “I  have always said that we would ‘never risk the project for progress’ and that is never more apparent than now, as we hit choppy waters.”

She said the halt would be until “such time is fit for us to resume”.