A HONDA dealership in County Durham has teamed up with other businesses in the Teesside and North Yorkshire area to support the building of a residential centre for disabled young adults.
Work will start at the site near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, in November, to provide a five-star-rated supported living environment for those with additional needs.
The plans mark the latest stage of the JPC Community Farm project, which was established by Paul and Julie Connaughton with their son James in mind.
When work is completed, it will provide permanent and temporary respite care for young adults with disabilities and their families. It will initially consist of 21 apartments including a three-bedroom, two-storey apartment with plans to further develop respite care, overnight care and day-care centres in the future.
Vertu Honda Stockton has supported the JPC Community Farm project for more than 15 years, providing cars at a number of events the charity has organised, including a recent Supercar Saturday on Stockton High Street.
It has also acted as an ongoing sponsor and provided the family with a new Honda CRV through the Motability scheme in January, waiving the deposit of £750.
Martin Boagey, general manager of the recently-refurbished Vertu Honda Stockton, said: ‘It is important for local businesses to support the communities they operate in.
‘We have a great relationship with Paul and Julie, and the work that the charity does is fantastic. The charity’s project will provide a haven for young adults with disabilities and their families, and we are proud to be able to play a part in making the farm and the respite centre a reality.’
Paul said: ‘We need as much support as possible and without the backing of so many great local businesses, like Vertu Honda Stockton, we wouldn’t be able to continue with our vision.’
In our picture from the left are, Paul Connaughton, James Connaughton and Martin Boagey, general manager at Vertu Honda Stockton.