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National Star fundraising hits £1 million

National Star has hit the £1 million mark, in its public appeal to support young people with complex disabilities.

In just six months, the charity has raised two-thirds of it £1.5m public appeal, towards a new specialist residence at its campus in Ullenwood, near Cheltenham.

The £6.2 million project will provide specially adapted accommodation for young people with disabilities that fully meets their complex needs and provides stimulating spaces to live, learn and relax.

Peter Horne, deputy chief executive, who is leading the project, said: "To raise £1 million in six months is extraordinary, especially in these challenging times. We're overwhelmed with the support we have received so far from so many trusts, organisations and individuals. We can't thank them enough."

The charity now needs to raise the remaining £500,000. Construction work is due to be completed in July, with students moving in in September this year.

Mr Horne continued: "By supporting our appeal, you will be helping us build a brighter future for scores of young people with complex disabilities. Every gift will make a difference and is greatly appreciated."

Each of the 13 bedrooms, which includes an independence and assessment suite, will have specialist overhead tracking hoists and ensuite facilities, ensuring that privacy and dignity is maintained for those with high levels of personal care need. There will be wide corridors that can easily accommodate large electric wheelchairs, ensuring everyone can easily move around their home.

The accommodation has been designed by Cheltenham architects coombes:everitt and is being constructed by regional contractor, Speller Metcalfe.

Find out more about the appeal at: https://www.nationalstar.org/get-involved/building-a-brighter-future/

Punchline-Gloucester editor, Mark Owen, met National Star chief executive, Lynette Barrett, last week to talk about apprenticeships.

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