Jubilee Lodge holds event to enlist community support
The Jubilee Lodge respite break centre in Chigwell, run by national disability charity Revitalise, held a reception on 2 July to kick start its drive to enlist more community support from the local area.
Among the VIP guests were Olive, Richard, Stephen and Martin Higgins of the local construction dynasty, alongside long-time supporters and members of the Friends of Jubilee Lodge fundraising group Anne McConnell MBE and Ros Dover.
Elizabeth MacKeown, daughter of the late Joan Brander MBE, the Founding Trustee of Revitalise, was also present
The invited guests were joined by Revitalise Chairman Mindy Sawhney, CEO Chris Simmonds, Jubilee Lodge Manager Jennifer Hamilton-Smith and Vice President Denis Green, alongside volunteers and staff from Jubilee Lodge and the disabled people and carers enjoying holidays at the centre.
Jubilee Lodge, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers from across the region, held the reception as a call to action to generate more community backing for the popular local centre’s mission.
Anne McConnell MBE and Mindy Sawhney made the keynote speeches, praising the individuals who were instrumental in the foundation of Jubilee Lodge – Revitalise’s very first centre – in 1963 and calling for new supporters to open doors, increase awareness and raise funds for the centre into the future.
Revitalise is urging local individuals, groups and communities to come forward if they wish to support Jubilee Lodge in this way.
Mindy Sawhney commented:
“We are delighted to have been able to welcome so many people from the community to share an evening at Jubilee Lodge: some old friends of the centre, alongside others new to Jubilee Lodge who are important in the role they play in the community.
“But this evening has all been about the future of Jubilee Lodge and our need to put the centre once again at the heart of the community from which it was created over 50 years ago.
“With the support of the Friends of Jubilee Lodge we hope this evening’s event will help us enlist the support of many more people from across the region, to open doors, raise awareness and ultimately raise funds for Jubilee Lodge, enabling us to continue to provide life-changing respite holidays for disabled people and carers.”