Adults with severe learning disabilities were the latest to benefit from a charitable fund run by family-firm Austin’s. The independent funeral directors handed over a cheque for £4,723 to Welwyn Garden City-based Jubilee House Care Trust on Tuesday.
The money will be used to refurbish a sensory room at Jonquil Close – a purpose-built bungalow which is home to six residents with severe learning difficulties. The funeral directors, which has eight branches throughout Hertfordshire, had already donated £2,000 in September to get the project off the ground.
Claire Austin, Managing Director of Austin’s said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Jubilee House which does such a wonderful job at providing care and support for adults and children with learning difficulties.”
The Austin’s Charitable Fund raises money in a number of different ways including through the generosity of bereaved families who donate to it in memory of a loved one; from donations made at the annual Christmas carol service at Harwood Park Crematorium and from a percentage of Austin’s annual profits.
A different charity is chosen to benefit each year and since its inception in 2002 the fund has raised over £73,000 for local organisations.
Jonathan Aves (Hertfordshire Community Foundation), Claire Austin , Amanda Mair (Direct Service Manager), Tom Westell, John Austin, Jean Austin, Larry Shaw (Parent of Jonquil Close resident), Catharine Hopper ( Chief Executive Officer of the Jubilee House Care Trust)