Thelma Vaughan upgrade in the pipeline


OVER THE past 12 years the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust has donated approximately $30 million to assist Barbadian children through a variety of projects and also to fulfil some individual needs.
Trustee Julian Sacher told the media yesterday that between $4-5million dollars is raised annually by the donor organisation, which is ploughed directly into these life-changing programmes.
He revealed that an upcoming project will see one of the island’s children’s homes, Thelma Vaughan Memorial, being expanded on its current location. His comments came as he donated water sports equipment to the Bright Water Kids Foundation yesterday morning.
According to Sacher, “We have the Thelma Vaughan project, which is going to involve building a new facility …We are going to provide the building and the capital value is what they need, and they will be able to deal with a lot more children.”
Saying it is at the stage of acquired planning approval, Sacher was optimistic that ground at the facility will be broken this year. “And It shouldn’t take that long to do,” he assured. “That is our next big project. We are looking for projects all the time,” he told the media, as he noted that a number of projects are already in the pipeline for next year.
He said that the Trust, which focuses on children’s development has contributed to initiatives such as the Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre and the Crime Stoppers Barbados Youth Project medical to name a few.
In fact, project manager Jacqui Cuke revealed that the Trust contributed to over 115 causes last year. She noted that the Trust focuses primarily on health cases, education and community programmes.
According to Sacher, this comes out of a great love of the owners for Barbados. “They live here, bought the Sandy Lane hotel, re-did it and they want to give back to the community. It is a feel-good factor to give back to the community. If there are problems in outlying Caribbean islands we will also step in to help and that has happened,” he explained. (JH)

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