Cherished Letchworth centre Jackie's Drop-In to benefit from Affinity Water and Specsavers donations

PUBLISHED: 08:27 26 February 2017

DIY SOS presenter Billy Byrne (centre) with volunteers and users at the opening of the new Jackie's Drop-In Centre in Broadway last month. Photo: Alan Millard

DIY SOS presenter Billy Byrne (centre) with volunteers and users at the opening of the new Jackie's Drop-In Centre in Broadway last month. Photo: Alan Millard

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A cherished Letchworth centre for adults with disabilities is set to benefit from business community donations worth £4,500.

Jackie Nealon of Jackie's Drop-In accepts the £2,500 cheque from Affinity Water. Photo: Jane Alexander Photography
Jackie Nealon of Jackie's Drop-In accepts the £2,500 cheque from Affinity Water. Photo: Jane Alexander Photography

Jackie’s Drop-In – which moved into new premises in Broadway last month – has received a funding boost of £2,500 from Affinity Water’s communiy engagement programme.

And the town’s branch of Specsavers has announced that it will aim to raise to raise £2,000 for the drop-in centre over the next 12 months.

Amer Choudhry from Specsavers Letchworth said: “We’ve set £2,000 as our fundraising target this year, and the team are really looking forward to pulling out all the stops to make sure that we achieve or even exceed it.

“It’s great to know that the money we raise will make a difference to the lives of some of the more vulnerable people in our community. We hope to be able to help ensure that the new centre has everything it needs.”

Jackie's Drop-In Centre. Photo: Alan MillardJackie's Drop-In Centre. Photo: Alan Millard

Jackie’s Drop-In was formed by Jackie Nealon back in 2012, and is a self-funded charity providing a safe haven from social isolation for disabled adults.

It provides them with recreational and educational activities, and helps them build important life skills and confidence. The new facilities in Broadway include rooms for watching TV, crafts, gaming, pool and a space for quiet activities.

The activities include karaoke, and the centre also organises outings such as trips to the seaside and the threatre.

Centre manager and trustee Shane Willis said they were extremely grateful for the support.

He added: “With constant demand for our service, the new sensory room will be fantastic for members and make a real difference to the lives of the adults that use Jackie’s Drop-In.”

Adam Warner from Affinity said: “We are pleased to have the chance to support Jackie’s Drop-in Centre. Affinity Water is a community-focused organisation serving local people and we want to be involved in projects which benefit the communities we serve.”

To find out more see jackiesdropin.org.uk.

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