Donation proves a huge boost for Eastleigh disability project

An Eastleigh project that supports people with disabilities is celebrating after receiving a cash donation to help it launch a new project.

The Pavilion on the Park has been fundraising during the past year to raise money so that their clients can have access to online services and activities.

Now they have received £1,000 from Persimmon Homes South Coast through its Community Champions scheme. Each month, the regional business donates up to £2,000 to local community groups through the initiative.

Pavilion on the Park, in Kingfisher Road, supports more than 500 clients with learning disabilities through their adapted cycling project, sensory room, lunch club and inclusive sport and art groups.

Spokeswoman Daisy Robinson said: “Many of our service users have mobile phones and tablets but do not have monthly contracts and rely on Wi-Fi to access the internet. This is impacting on their ability to socialise, learn and access opportunities and we fear they are being left behind their able-bodied peers.

‘We have raised £1,000 ourselves through fundraising after being turned down for four grants. This is an exciting new project for us, which will open a wealth of opportunities for our clients and help them develop and learn new skills. We are delighted that Persimmon Homes has decided to support us in this way.’

Matt Paine, managing director for Persimmon Homes South Coast, said:

‘Community Champions aims to support groups making a difference and Pavilion on the Park clearly provides an invaluable service where our donation will be put to good use.

‘If people were unsuccessful in their Community Champions application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next recipient.’