JBD is thank­ful for cash pledges that will help users’ in­de­pen­dent liv­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY SANDY RASHTY

YOUNGPROFESSIONALSraised­more than £6,000 for a Jewish, Blind and Dis­abled project that will en­able ser­vice users to shop for their own meals.

The 75 guests at the event in cen­tral Lon­don last week were told that Project 21 — which asks sup­port­ers to do­nate £21 a month — would ben­e­fit JBD’s 380 ser­vice users.

The amount raised would go to­ward shop­ping trips Me­lanie Postep­ski ( flanked by JBD’s Hazel Kaye ( andGem­maGood­man to kosher delis and su­per­mar­kets for ten­ants who are blind or dis­abled. They will be ac­com­pa­nied by spe­cially trained driv­ers on the bi-weekly trips.

Speaker Me­lanie Postep­ski told the au­di­ence that JBD “trans­formed” her

fam­ily’s life, af­ter her fa­ther died of can­cer and her mother, who has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, moved into the char­ity’s Ce­cil Rosen Court in Bushey Heath.

She said her mother now had a so­cial life that “would ri­val any­one’s. She has made so many friends. JBD gave her back her in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.”

At the event, which was held at the Mu­se­u­mof Brands,Pack­agin­gandAd­ver­tis­ing, 22 new sup­port­ers com­mit­ted to do­nat­ing £252 a year to the ini­tia­tive.

Young Pa­tron board mem­ber Dan Ros­ton said the project “will fund the fa­cil­i­ta­tion of shop­ping trips for ten­ants — a sim­ple task that can be an im­pos­si­ble dream for some­one with a dis­abil­ity”.



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