National Star receives grant from coronavirus fund
By Rob Freeman | 15th April 2020
National Star has become one of the first recipients of a grant from the Gloucestershire Community Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund.
The grant will help the charity to fund much-needed PPE equipment as it continues to support students and long-term residents with complex disabilities.
Deputy chief executive Peter Horne said: "It's at times like these that people come together in support of one another and lift up and care for those who need it most.
"That's why National Star has stayed open to care and support the young people and adults with complex disabilities who need our services.
"Our 'can do' attitude continues to thrive in everything that we do. Our frontline nursing, care, therapy, education and catering staff have been pulling out all the stops to keep everyone in our care safe, well and happy."
Each of National Star's residences are self-isolating to reduce risks of infection.
"Despite this, our hard-working staff continue to deliver a range of activities, from boccia tournaments to quiz nights, which have kept spirits high and students and residents smiling in the face of changing routines," said Mr Horne.
Over Easter the charity provided respite services to those who need it most. For many young people, National Star is their permanent home all year round.
"We are extremely grateful to the Gloucestershire Community Foundation for supporting our charity in our response to the COVID-19 crisis," said Mr Horne.
"PPE is in short supply nationally and it remains an ongoing challenge to source the items we need.
"The grant will help to offset the rising costs of these essential items and protect against the spread of coronavirus so that we can support the health of students, long-term residents and staff."
Based at Ullenwood, National Star provides specialist further education and accommodation for people with physical disabilities, brain injuries and associated learning difficulties. It has residential centres in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Hereford.
Set up by the Gloucestershire Community Foundation, the emergency response fund is designed to support charities, community groups and people in the county during the coronavirus pandemic.
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