Project information

Don't close home for poor disabled Jamaican kids

To keep the Athlone hostel going. It's a lifeline for 20 disabled children who were either abandoned by their parents or can't survive in their communities without access to medical care or education. It is the only home for severely physically disabled children in Jamaica.

January 2014 - March 2014

Charity information: The Sir John Golding Fund

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  • Need


    The Athlone Wing at the Sir John Golding Centre will close its doors after 50 years, without immediate funding. It has provided care, access to education and specialized medical help to many generations of severely physically disabled children. In Jamaica, it is the only home which teaches disabled kids the skills and techniques required to cope in society. It costs £4.11 per day to care for each child at the hostel. The Centre cannot fund this on its own any longer - hence this project.


    This project aims to raise £30,000 in 2014 to care for the children who call the Athlone hostel their home and depend on its care. On a daily budget of £4.11 per child the home will be able to provide meals, accommodation, medical care, transportation to school, a computer with internet access and the salary of a house mother. The children also benefit psychologically from seeing the success of the Jamaica Paralympic sports team who train nearby, many of who are past patients of the hostel.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £30,000 in 2014 to stop the home from closing down due to lack of funds.


    » Involving the British public in a fund raising drive to raise £4.11 per day per child, and the opportunity to help a disabled child to thrive.

    What success will look like

    Success will be keeping the hostel going, ensuring the well-being of all 20 children there, and preventing further heartbreak and displacement in their lives if the hostel closes.

  • Impact


    The project will prevent closure of this hostel for physically disabled kids in Jamaica, giving them a real chance at life. Success will be demonstrated by keeping the hostel going for disabled kids who desperately require a home with care and facilities designed for the severely disabled.


    The risk is a delay in project, forcing the hostel to close or send home some of the children due to insufficient funding to cover daily expenses such as food, transportation of the kids to school, and care-givers' salaries.


    Donors will receive a personal letter from the children at the hostel who have benefited, explaining how the project has helped to improve their quality of life.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,150 food 2.49 per child per day
      £1,825 transportation special van capable of handing wheelchairs
      £6,570 salary house mother and support staff
      £3,455 clothes/utilities school uniforms and electric/water bills
  • Background


    The hostel is beside the medical facilities and rehab hospital of the Sir John Golding Centre, Jamaica. It was established as a home for severely physically disabled children, and provides care and access to schooling for 20 disabled kids whose parents are poor and can't afford the special needs of children with disabilities. The Centre is facing financial difficulties and will have to close the hostel and send the children home, if this fundraising project is not successful.


    Twenty children live at the hostel. The are aged 6 to 18 years old, and come from poor Jamaican families. These kids suffer from severe physically disabilities, and limited mobility on wheelchairs or crutches. Many are from villages in the mountainous areas of rural Jamaica, with no access to schools and specialized medical care for persons with disabilities. Some were abandoned by their parents and the hostel is now their only real home.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Sir John Golding Fund is a UK charitable trust established specifically to assist the care of physically disabled patients at the Sir John Golding Centre in Jamaica. We have been supporting the Centre for 33 years and have a clear understanding of what needs to be done and how to execute projects efficiently. We are governed by trustees who are experts in their field, some of whom have worked in Jamaica and are familiar with the environment and needs there.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anna Golding Mohammed

    Anna is the daughter of Professor Sir John Golding, the founder of Centre. She will ensure that funds are carefully and wisely spent on the project.

Give a child a second chance at life

Give a child a second chance at life


will pay for food for a week for one child

The greatest of mistakes is to do nothing, because we can do so little

Sir John Golding