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