Letchworth centre for adults with disabilities pulling out all stops to move to new home

Jackie Nealon (centre) with members and volunteers.

Jackie Nealon (centre) with members and volunteers. - Credit: Archant

A cherished centre for adults with disabilities is pulling out all the stops to ensure its move to a bigger building and satisfy demand.

Jackie’s Drop In Centre – currently based on the ground floor of St Michael’s House in Letchworth town centre – had been hoping to move into their new two-storey home on the corner of West View and Broadway by the end of February.

The extent of work which needs to be done on the former North Herts College building is substantial, so May has been chosen as a more realistic month to make the move with the centre planning a variety of events to raise the £20,000 necessary to pay for the required maintenance and repair works.

One blockbuster show will be the Night to Remember at the Broadway Hotel in Letchworth on Saturday, May 14, while there will also be a race night at Jackmans Community Centre on Friday, April 8.

The fundraising efforts – which have already raised more than £6,000 – have seen the support of celebrities ranging from singer Boy George and TV presenter Nick Knowles.

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Last week the crew were boosted with the confirmation of a conditional grant of £5,000 from North Herts District Council’s Letchworth area committee, based upon producing a business plan and a list of features which they need to improve.

The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation – which facilitated the move and has already provided £10,000 to fit out the kitchen and the bathroom – has confirmed that everything is progressing normally and that February was only a provisional date.

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The Foundation will be redeveloping St Michael’s House into homes once Jackie’s has made its move across the town.

Shane Willis, who set up the fundraising campaign, said: “With the move to a larger premises we aim to double our service and help many more adults with disabilities.”

Members of Jackie’s Drop In Centre include Hollie Williams, who was presented with a certificate and award earlier this month after helping police to track down a missing person.

To donate visit www.gogetfunding.com/save-jackies-drop-in-centre or to offer your services with decorating email centre@jackiesdropin.org.uk.

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