Why fundraise for FitzRoy?

Published: July 6, 2016

When you fundraise for FitzRoy, you are helping us to make all the difference in people’s lives. These are just a few examples of how¦

We all need to feel loved

Love4Life is a friendship and dating support service run by FitzRoy. We are currently fundraising to keep this project going for another year.

Adam has a rare condition called Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). HSP is a condition that causes weakness and stiffness in the leg muscles which gradually worsens and will eventually leave the sufferer wheelchair bound.

Adam has attended Love4Life for 8 years. He has gained a huge network of friends that he can call at any time to hang out with. This year he found love with his girlfriend after waiting for six years to find her.

In his words, Love4Life has boosted his confidence and self-esteem.

Food for thought

Trafford Day and Community Service in Manchester supports over 50 adults each week to get out and about and learn new skills. Cookery sessions are so popular they take place on six days of the week. People learn about healthy eating, world cuisines, baking, and developing skills that help independence.

Earlier this year, the training kitchen needed a complete refurbishment and new cooking equipment to replace worn out items. This fantastic makeover was achieved entirely through fundraising. With this money we purchased big ticket items such as new units, height adjustable furniture, to smaller items like the adapted cutlery and accessible ‘safe’ chopping boards. Not a penny was wasted! Now everyone, regardless of their disability, can take part in preparing their own meals.

The people who use the kitchen are delighted with their vibrant new space. We’ve got many similar plans to improve the lives of the people we support all over the country. Your fundraising efforts are vital!

A place to learn

Our amazing Rural Skills Project, in East Meon Hampshire, helps people with learning disabilities grow and sell their own flowers and vegetables. They also learn woodcraft skills, all in a beautiful country setting. FitzRoy staff were full of pride when the people they support passed their ASDAN accredited courses in horticulture last year.

To help more people fulfil their learning potential we are building an outdoor classroom on the site. People we support are busy fundraising for this by selling some of the amazing woodcraft they create. Louise, Deputy Manager at Rural Skills, also bravely ran the London Marathon to help raise vital funds for the build. So far we’ve raised £22k but we need a further £3k in order to reach our target. With your help, we can reach our goal and transform more lives!

If you would like to donate to FitzRoy, visit our JustGiving page.