Building appeal on target thanks to trusts and donor generosity

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National Star has raised more than a quarter of its public appeal target for a project to support young people with complex disabilities in just 30 days.

The charity has raised £382,282 towards its £1.5 million public appeal that will see a new specialist residence at its campus in Ullenwood.

Work on the £6 million project started in July. Which will provide specially adapted accommodation for young people with disabilities that fully meets their complex needs and provides stimulating spaces to live, learn and relax.

Deputy Chief Executive Peter Horne, who is leading the project, said the charity was delighted with the response.

‘We are incredibly fortunate that so many trusts, organisations and individuals have already stepped forward to support us in the major development,’ said Mr Horne. ‘We thank them all for their belief in the potential of the young people who we support.’

The charity now needs to raise the remaining £1.1 million. It is organising monthly public tours so that people can visit the Ullenwood campus and find out more about the charity and its work.

‘This is a huge step for the charity so soon after the end of the pandemic and the challenging economic times, but trustees believe these facilities are vital,’ said Mr Horne.

‘There is a huge unmet need for education and care for young people with complex needs. By supporting our appeal, you will be helping us build a brighter future for scores of young people with complex disabilities,’ said Mr Horne. ‘Every gift will make a difference and is greatly appreciated.’

Each of the 13 bedrooms, which includes an independence and assessment suite, will have specialist overhead tracking hoists and ensuite facilities ensuring that privacy and dignity is maintained for those with high levels of personal care needs. There will be wide corridors that can easily accommodate large electric wheelchairs ensuring everyone can easily move around their home.

The foundations of the new residence are almost complete and building work is due to start this week.

The accommodation has been designed by Cheltenham architects coombes:everitt and is being constructed by regional contractor Speller Metcalfe.

Find out more about the appeal,  contact or phone 01242 524478.

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