Jersey Cheshire Home opens its doors to the public on Friday 4 January 2013 at the start of its 30th anniversary celebrations – ‘A Year to Inspire’.
From 11 am to 4 pm, Islanders will be able to see the facilities at the home in Ropewalk, St Helier; meet staff and residents and find out about the vital services and care the charity provides for the physically disabled. The charity’s patron, the Lieutenant-Governor, General Sir John McColl, will make the first dig for the footings of a new lift. Alongside Lady McColl, he will unveil a benefactor’s board, acknowledging the major financial contributions since the home was opened by Princess Alexandra in July 1983.
There will be a free lucky prize draw and refreshments will be served throughout the day.
The Chairman of Jersey Cheshire Home, Jim Hopley, said the open day was the first of many events to raise the charity’s profile in the community and to help it reach the anniversary fundraising target of £300,000.
‘The money we are seeking to raise will go towards the replacement lift and a new mini bus but more importantly it will boost the Residents Support Group fund. This enables our residents to live life to the full by enjoying the simple things that the majority of Islanders take for granted such as eating out, going to the cinema or the theatre, taking a holiday or a trip to a local beauty spot on a sunny day,’ he said.
The fundraising initiatives – all with a ’30 Minute’ theme – include:
• 30 Minute Good Deed helping others
• 30 Minute Tea Party at work, in school or at home
• 30 Minute Art projects to be posted on Facebook
Fundraising events planned for 2013 include:
• February: Bollywood Ball at the Royal Hotel, David Place
• March: Launch of the 30 Minute Challenge – Islanders to devise their own events
• April: Five-aside Muratti between Jersey and Guernsey Cheshire Homes
• 17 May: Airtel Jersey Cheshire Home Annual Golf Day
• 29 June: 30th Anniversary Concert
• 26 July: 30th Anniversary ‘Caribbean Cocktail’ Summer Party
• October: Jersey Cheshire Home Flag Day and gourmet dinner at Highlands
• 9 to 17 November: Trek Kerala – five days trekking in India
The Jersey Cheshire Home Operations Manager, David Lord, said everyone involved with charity, from staff and residents to their families and the volunteers were making it their New Year Resolution to reach the fundraising target and to raise the profile by the end of 2013.
‘We are looking forward to a very busy year in which we can look back with immense pride on the work Jersey Cheshire Home has done since 1983 to care for physically disabled people in Jersey. In the same way as the amazing performances by the Paralympians of London 2012 inspired the nation, we want to inspire Islanders to see disability in a different way and to make us their charity of choice in 2013,’ he said.