Downland trek to raise cash for the JPK Project

Charity walk for JPK Project SUS-150724-111146001
Charity walk for JPK Project SUS-150724-111146001

The brother of a woman with a learning disability has trekked his way across the South Downs Way to raise cash for the JPK Project

Greg Priscott started his sponsored South Downs Way walk from Chichester to Eastbourne on July 10 with his friend John Taylor.

The JPK Project was their chosen cause. The charity is raising money for a supported living centre for people with a learning disability in Eastbourne.

Jill Parker, who was recently given the MBE for her charity work for people with a learning disability, aims to create the residential centre on the former Edgmond Church site in Old Town.

The JPK Project is a charity close to Greg’s heart because he has a sister, Karen, aged 40, with a learning disability and her parents have placed her on the waiting list for the JPK.

Greg said, “Throughout Karen’s life my parents have endlessly battled for her to be included and attend a range of activities and social groups and over the years many of these have disappeared through lack of funding, or changed their policies on who can or who cannot attend, depending on the severity of their disability.

“As everyone will be aware funding for so many services have been cut and therefore the responsibility to continue to provide these facilities, included supported living, falls upon local charities like the JPK and it is small charities like this one that desperately needs the support of the local community.”

Greg was welcomed back to Eastbourne from the South Downs Way challenge by his friends and family at Beachy Head three days after he set out.

He was welcomed back by Eastbourne Mayor, Cllr Janet Coles, family, friends and supporters of the JPK.

He said, “Was I glad to see the end – it was harder than I had imagined.”

Mrs Parker said “We are extremely grateful to Greg and for the support of John for undertaking this marathon effort to raise funds for the JPK and to be away from their families for three days.

“Congratulations and very well done.

“Our grateful thanks too to everyone who sponsored you.”

Greg and John have raised £1,725 for the JPK Project.

Jill added, “This will certainly make a difference in our ability to commence building at the earliest opportunity.”

For more on JPK visit www.thejpkproject.co.uk.

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