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New date for jazz and cocktails online fundraiser for WESC Foundation

6 July 2020

WESC Foundation is teaming up with jazz and soul singer Hannah Deason-Barrow this Sunday to bring you an hour of music and cocktails.

The Gin and Jazz event will be broadcast on WESC Foundation’s Facebook page this Sunday 12th July from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. This online event is free, but we hope that you might make a small contribution to our work.

Like lots of charities we have seen our income from fundraising and charity shops almost vanish during the COVID-19 pandemic. We need your help to make sure that we can provide the best equipment and facilities to the young people in our care.

All you need to do is get comfy on the sofa, pour yourself a drink and look out for the livestream which will get started on the WESC Foundation Facebook page just before 6.30pm.

Over the next few days we’ll be sharing our charity’s story on the Facebook event. There might also be the odd cocktail recipe too!
You don’t need to have a Facebook account to enjoy Gin and Jazz.

If you can’t make it then please consider supporting our ‘Home from Home’ appeal.

Text BEDROOM to 70085 to donate £5.

Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text BEDROOMNOINFO to 70085.

Why we need your help

COVID has meant that many of us have been unable to leave our homes. The children and young people at WESC Foundation, a specialist provision for children and young adults with visual impairment and complex needs, are no different.

Today, they need your help to transform their old, outdated facilities into modern living accommodation with specially adapted equipment where they can learn key life skills and live as independently as possible. Together, we can create their fit for purpose home-from-home.

Why do our young people need a home from home?

Much of our accommodation was built in the 1970s and 1980s to support students at the old West of England School and College.

The young people who spend all or much of the year at WESC Foundation in 2020 also have other complex needs including autism, cerebral palsy and, sadly, life limiting illnesses too.

Many of their needs simply can’t be met by these ageing buildings.

What do we want to provide?

With your help we want to:

  • add hoists to all our accommodation to enable a student at WESC Foundation transfer from a wheelchair or bed so they can have a bath or use the toilet
  • create bedrooms that feel like home, especially when their home is far away
  • modernise shared and personal spaces with lighting, flooring and walls that create an environment to support a young person’s visual impairment or remaining useful vision
  • adapt kitchens that can be used by blind and partially sighted teenagers, either standing or in a wheelchair
  • create comfortable social spaces for young adults to relax with their friends

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