£1.5 million building project (and video) will put a spring in your step
At a cool £1.5 million this is a building project aiming to take the children who will benefit from it on a giant leap forward – which probably explains why it has the backing of one Eddie the Eagle.
The one-time Olympic ski jumper, who exploits in 1988 in the British team vest made him famous (last in the 70m and 90m events), has leapt at the chance to backing the ambitious project.
St Rose's school in Stroud has already won planning permission to build what it is calling St Marton's Bungalow and another for Quentin House – a specially-adapted residential home-from-home for the children who use the facilities - which it hopes will win favour at the end of this month.
"Gloucester architects Roberts Limbrick who have provided us with excellent service and they have worked alongside AFA Development Consultancy, who have worked as our cost consultants and they are based in Cheltenham," said Helen Hunt, business manager at St Roses's.
A building contractors is yet to be appointed - and then there is the other, major hurdle to jump.
But it is needs to raise £1.5 million in the next two years to make that happen - £750,000 by Christmas. Which is where it’s ‘Big Bounce’ campaign comes in, and the man who made his name jumping off the side of mountains, and who lives locally, seemed an obvious choice of front man.
All of which is captured in their own promotional video, which kicks off the fundraising.
The children who attend St Roses are described as having complex disabilities and “face enormous challenges in communicating, in learning and in mobilising”.
The school environment teaches them life skills and independent living.
“Our lovely Georgian building is cosy, but you can hardly turn today’s wheelchairs around in some rooms. Just one reason why we urgently need to redesign our residential facilities," said a statement frm St Roses.
“Quentin House will be so much more than just a house. A place to learn the life skills like cooking, shopping, socialising with friends and yes, even washing up! Skills that will allow the children to be as independent as they can be.
“We all know, dream houses cost money and this one will cost £1.9 million. We believe it is worth every penny and we will be able to welcome twice the number of children that we currently can.”
The children themselves are taking up the challenge and bouncing every day for St Roses Big Bounce - raising £1 a bounce using their new outdoor wheelchair trampoline, the larger indoor trampoline for their re-bound sessions and they're even adding a mini bouncer to reception, so all visitors, staff and families can add to their bounces.
“We are encouraging everyone to join in and support this cause and not just in sponsoring the children, but bouncing and being a Team Fundraiser.
"We would love everyone to bounce along – bouncing on a trampoline, spacehopper or even a pogo stick.”
Originally published on July 16.