IT may be a long haul to raising £3 million pounds to build a new centre for those with learning disabilities in the Downpatrick area, but Mainstay are well on track on their quest.
Helen Taylor, Mainstay Chief Executive, has been a driving force in this initiative and is quietly confident that they will be cutting the first sod next year. Helen has worked with Mainstay for almost 10 years, and herself has a son who suffers from autism.
The new centre destined to be built on the Killough Road in Downpatrick will provide 4380 bed nights annually, and cater for up to 65 people with learning disabilities. The Downe Residential Project, now renamed Mainstay, was the first Northern Ireland residential centre to open its doors, and a dedicated management team and body of fundraisers are working hard to make their dreams come true by 2014 when they hope to open the new centre.
Photographs from the Mainstay Big Band Night At The Mill, Ballygdugan.
They have been involved in a number of fundraising events and this week they have organsied a specialist cycle ride from Mizen in the South of Ireland to Malin Head in the very north. This Elite Cycle Challenge over over five days has been carefully planned. Helen said, “There will be plenty of support and safety vehicles to accompany the riders. Let’s hope the weather is favourable. These events provide a great boost to our fundraising and we are so indebted to the many people who help us such as our patron Patrick Kielty.”
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