Anonymous donation kicks off appeal!

Anonymous donation kicks off appeal!

An anonymous donation of £500,000  has kick-started charity Alexandra House of Joy’s appeal to raise £3m to build a state-of-the-art care centre for adults with disabilities.

The donor, who doesn’t want to be named, has simply said they “believe” in what the charity is doing and understand the desperate need for this project to succeed.

The charity has planning permission to build the new facility on land off Wretchwick Way in Bicester. It will include bedrooms for respite and end of life care, day care facilities including art, music, craft and sensory rooms, a kitchen garden and café, offices, quiet area, and hydrotherapy pool. But they must raise the money by October 2023 to ensure the first bricks can be laid.

Alexandra House of Joy founder Rachael Scott-Hunter said: “We were over the moon to receive this very generous donation. It has given us such a boost, both in terms of reaching our target and also motivating us to push this project forward. In handing over the money the donor said they wholly believed in our project and the importance of this facility to the lives of disabled adults and their carers, who really have borne the brunt of funding cuts over the last two decades.

“Behind the scenes we have been applying for grants to help us reach our £3 million target. But the problem we face is that most trusts and foundations require that we have at least 50 per cent of the funds in place before they will help with funding. The anonymous donor said they hoped their donation would help overcome this issue and hopefully inspire another donor to match what they have given.”

So far the charity has raised £808,000, and now they are urging Oxfordshire residents and businesses to help them raise more and reach their target.

Mrs Scott-Hunter, of Chesterton, near Bicester, said: “We are desperate to see this dream become a reality and we really need the Oxfordshire community to get behind us. We would love people to run marathons, do bake sales, book sales, sit in a bath of baked beans or any other fund raiser they can think of to help us raise the money to build this much-needed centre.”

Alexandra House of Joy was set up in 2018 by Rachael and Ian Scott-Hunter after witnessing first-hand the reduction in care provision received by their daughter Alexandra, who had profound learning difficulties.

Alexandra sadly died in 2019, aged 47, but her parents have vowed to continue with plans to build the care centre as her legacy. The centre will be open to adults with learning difficulties and their carers from across Oxfordshire.

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Time is Running Out – we need your help!!

We are in real need of anyone willing – either singly or in a group, to raise funds for us please.

The remaining target of £2.2 million needs to be raised by October 2023.

Ian and I are getting very close to 80 years old and we desperately want to see the doors open and the precious adults with learning disabilities at long last being provided with everything they need and really deserve.
Please can you help us?
Every single penny helps towards the final total.

Is there anything you could do to raise funds for us? We have had amazing support so far, with donations coming from all sorts of ways and means. It is overwhelming and humbling. But we still need to keep going. Please can you support us?

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An amazing gift of £500,000

Ian and I would like to share that we have very recently been given a staggering donation of £500k!! We are both completely shell shocked and deeply humbled by this incredible gift. This very large sum of money can also be gift aided so that renders a further additional £125k, which again is staggering! We have much to thank God for. This now means that at this present time, April 2022, we are slightly over £800k bringing us closer to our first 1 million! Praise God indeed!

Indian Cultural Evening

On Friday April 8th ’22 we held an Indian Cultural Event in the Chesterton Community Centre. It was a very successful evening, There were 80 guests who bought tickets to support the event and they sat down at lovely decorated tables and were served a delicious three course Indian meal. Between the main and pudding courses, they were all entertained by a beautiful and striking group of Indian Classical Dancers. All of them were in traditional costumes which brought much vibrancy into the room. It was a wonderful evening and so lovely to be able to run such a social community event after the two years of the pandemic restrictions. After all costs were deducted, the great sum of £912 was raised. Thank you to Srishti of Mirsch Masala for her wonderful food, and to Athis Vadivale, Shahi and the students, for the brilliant Indian Classical dance performance. The whole evening was memorable.

Covid Challenges!

What a strange and challenging world we are living in. It has certainly brought ‘challenges’ to AHoJ, but all along we have trusted in God that our Charity would carry on. And it has! Wonderful people such as Corinne Cunningham came forward and she wonderfully produced lovely Face Masks to sell. From April to October 2020 they have raised the incredible sum of over £16,000. We are so very grateful to Corinne and her team. Thank you so very much.