Help fundraise for social room

Frances Darcy, from Hemsworth, is campaigning to build an extension on Jubille House, Featherstone. The former pub/hotel now offers independant living space for people with learning and physical disabilities.'Back row L to R) Penny Brown - Service Manager, Liam Riley - resident, Kevin Garbutt - Support worker, Angela Freeman - resident, Michael David Wood - resident, Anne Thompson - support worker.'Front row L to R) Gary Sayles - resident, Frances Darcy, Stephanie Smith - resident.'h8282a213
Frances Darcy, from Hemsworth, is campaigning to build an extension on Jubille House, Featherstone. The former pub/hotel now offers independant living space for people with learning and physical disabilities.'Back row L to R) Penny Brown - Service Manager, Liam Riley - resident, Kevin Garbutt - Support worker, Angela Freeman - resident, Michael David Wood - resident, Anne Thompson - support worker.'Front row L to R) Gary Sayles - resident, Frances Darcy, Stephanie Smith - resident.'h8282a213
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A HEMSWORTH woman is appealing for donations to help fund a meeting room for disabled residents.

Frances Darcy, of Greenfield Road, is hoping to raise between £10-15,000 to build an extension on Jubilee House in Featherstone.

It would provide a room for residents where they could meet, socialise and celebrate special occasions.

Jubilee House - which is located in a former pub on Wakefield Road - offers independent living flats for people with learning and physical disabilities.

It opened in February 2011 and is now home to 13 residents. The Choice Support social care charity provides care packages to the residents based on their individual needs to help them remain independent in their own two-bedroom flats.

But the building has nowhere that they can all come together socially.

Mrs Darcy has taken on the task of fundraising as her brother lives in Jubilee House.

She has already raised £1,420 with the help of generous staff and residents through events such as a race night.

She said: “My brother moved here after his 24-hour care was cut due to lack of funding. I was really worried about what would happen to him but living here has really helped his independence and confidence.

“It would just be really nice if he had somewhere he could gather with the other residents, which is why we have decided to try and fund the extension.”

Building manager Penny Brown, from Choice Support, said: “During the summer we have an outside area where the service users can meet. But in the winter they have nowhere. Everyone here would benefit from the extension.”

To donate to the cause, send cheques made payable to Mrs F V Darcy to Jubilee House Mates, Greenfield Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4RL. For more information on Jubilee House, visit www.choicesupport.org.uk