The Sandy Lane Charitable Trust is venturing into yet another major project to help the island’s children, particularly those born with brain disorders.
It has committed a significant sum of money to building a new daycare and respite centre for severely brain-damaged children, at the Thelma Vaughan Memorial Home in Glebe Land, St George. The project also includes the extension of the existing kitchen and laundry of the home.
Plans for the enhancement of the facility were revealed Friday afternoon by trustee of the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust Phillipa Challis, who noted that not only would the residents at Thelma Vaughan benefit from the building project, but also the Because of Jenna charity which also assists children with brain disorders.
She explained that the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust chose this project because the home’s daycare and administration block was in a derelict state and the Because of Jenna charity needed space to carry out its work.
“We have put the money in to physically give them the building. We are going to pay for all the specialist equipment and we are hoping to open it in April,” Challis said at a press conference at the children’s home.
She reminded that the role of the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust includes supporting smaller charities, providing the funds to help them champion change and reach children in the community through education, medical initiatives, community outreach programmes and counselling programmes.
“The Sandy Lane Charitable Trust also believes we play a vital role in seeking out new partnerships and bringing together individual charities, building bridges and creating relationships for the greater good,” Challis added.
Another special project undertaken at the home revealed Friday, was the restoration of its kitchen garden. Thirteen young people, supported by Prince’s Trust International, undertook this community project.
Prince’s Trust International is a youth charity recently established in Barbados with the aim to help disadvantaged young people gain vital skills to move into education, training or employment. It was formally launched last November in Malta by its president, The Prince of Wales, and builds on the success of the United Kingdom’s leading youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Prince’s Trust International is working with the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust and the Royal Barbados Police Force in delivering the first team programme outside the UK.