World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, recently lent his support to the Joey Dunlop Foundation holiday apartments situated on the TT course, which are equipped for people with disabilities and special needs.
Following discussions, Joey Dunlop Foundation trustees decided to extend the range of apartments available for accommodation from three to five.
The aim is for the five apartments, to be in operation from April of 2017.
The charity was delighted when reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, made the trip down to Braddan Bridge to dig the first foundations for the apartments.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Quirk
Kevin Quirk, Joey Dunlop Foundation Trustee and Holiday Complex Manager said:
“When the Charity’s objectives were discussed fifteen years ago, it was apparent that there was a shortage of disabled-friendly accessible facilities on the Island.
We believe that the success of JDF apartments has been a catalyst for other holiday providers to expand into this market. With demand far exceeding our greatest expectations, it is essential that the additional apartments are completed before summer 2017.
Capacity will increase from twelve to eighteen beds. My task is now to ensure that the facilities are fully occupied”.
There is multiple ways you can get involved in helping the Joey Dunlop Foundation, amongst them include holding fundraising events, plus purchasing merchandise from the website’s shop http://www.joeydunlopfoundation.com/
Words by Stevie Rial