The JPK Project is making progress with building a residential centre for people with a learning disability after fundraisers boosted the charity’s coffers.
The charity, which bought Edgmond Church in Old Town, is trying to raise £3 million for the project. Planning consent expires in April 2016 and significant building works needs to be started before that date.
Jill Parker, founder of the charity, says the first phase – building eight semi-independent flats with an activity room– should be started by that date .
Architects have been put to work as fundraisers bring in cash for the project.
The latest fundraiser saw a team of 20 abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
This event was organised by Karen Hurst from Cavendish Bakery and raised an impressive £5,200.
Karen said, “My brother David has Downs Syndrome and has his name down for the JPK to become a resident when it is built.
“My family believe that the JPK is an excellent example for supported living which has been designed in consultation with future residents and their parent carers.
“We are so grateful to the JPK for taking on this massive challenge to enable our vulnerable dependents to live independently and therefore wished to help raise funds to make it all a reality, sooner rather than later.”
Jill Parker said, ”We are extremely grateful to Karen, her family and friends for undertaking this exhilarating event, many of whom had to overcome their fear of heights, so a wonderful achievement all round.
“Our grateful thanks also to everyone who sponsored this event, as £5,200 equates to five bedrooms being furnished.
“You have all made a difference.”
More funds are needed to help continue the funding for the project.
To help out with fundraising or to donate money to the cause call 0843 289 3624 or visit www.thejpkproject.co.uk.