JPC Community Farm

As part of Miss Teeside a reigonal heat of miss Great Britain I am raising money for our chosen charity. The charity I am raising money for is JPC Community Farm. JPC Community Farm aims to provide the very best quality independent Supported Living accommodation and Care for young adults with Complex / Special Needs.

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A COUPLE are preparing to sell their family home to invest in a special needs respite centre.

Paul and Julie Connaughton want to develop a centre of excellence for the North Yorkshire and North-East region, after finding services to care for their son James, 15, who has cerebral palsy, lacking in the area.

Mr Connaughton said he and his wife, had a lengthy battle to get James into a school they felt fully met his needs – with daily speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. They still struggled with overnight respite and have never left James alone with anyone other than immediate family.

“We want James and children like him to have a quality of life filled with happiness and security," he said. "We also want to provide accommodation for parents on site, so they can see their children and have total piece of mind."

They have decided to sell their home to help fund the centre and have selected a site in the Stokesley area which initially would provide respite care for special needs adults and children.

They were inspired by the younger brother of Lewis Hamilton, Nicolas, who despite also having cerebral palsy competes in the British Touring Car Championships. They met him at Croft Circuit last year, and Mr Connaughton said it galvanised their hopes to get the best for James.

Mr Connaughton’s grand plans for the scheme include riding lessons, specially-adapted outdoor play area with wheelchair swings, zip wire, and exercise equipment; a small petting farm, wheelchair basketball court and trampolines.

He said they would initially offer six residential places, four carer’s rooms and six family log cabins. It would also focus on parents' wellbeing, with stress management and counselling.

“At the moment we are looking for people who would love to share their experiences and help make our dream a reality.”
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Alicia Loadwick 
Nunthorpe, North East England, United Kingdom
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