Project information

Save the home for disabled Jamaican children

Athlone hostel is the only lifeline for 20 children with disabilities 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. Please help save Athlone

Six months

Charity information: The Sir John Golding Fund

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  • Need


    Athlone hostel is on the verge of closing its doors after 50 years of saving children with special needs. The Centre is desperately low on funds and we are appealing to anyone who can, and who cares, to please help to give these special children a chance to survive and to become more than the tragic, unnoticed castaways of their families and society. We give these children a home, special care and we give them a chance. At Athlone they are loved and nurtured. They have nowhere else to go.


    We cannot give up on our children at the Athlone hostel, and we have been trying to make an impression as far away from Jamaica as the UK, to appeal to the goodness of the human spirit, wherever it may be in the world. The project to keep the Athlone hostel from being shut down aims to raise £30,000 in 2014 to care for the special-needs children who call the Athlone hostel their home and whose lives depend on its care.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £30,000 in 2014 to prevent the Athlone hostel from shutting down.


    » Involving the British public in a fund raising drive to raise £4.11 per day per child.

    What success will look like

    You will be saving the lives of these children, and giving them the ability to hope, and to fulfil their simple dream of one day living a normal life in society.

    Aim 2

    Short Term support from charitable givers


    » We are in urgent need of funding, without even a day of care these children are at extremely high risk. We need help right away.

    What success will look like

    We will be able to keep our doors open without any disruption to the lives and treatment to our children with disabilities. They need to feel secure and safe without upheaval.

    Aim 3

    Long Term support from charitable givers


    » Once we can fend off the immediate threat to closure, in the long term we hope to raise funds to keep Athlone open for many years to come.

    What success will look like

    Generations of children with disabilities will be given care at Athlone. We have many success stories, including several Paralympic athletes who train nearby and mentor the kids.

  • Impact


    We contemplate what could happen if we fail to raise the funds to keep the Athlone hostel open and operating, and it is all tragedy repeated 20 times on our kids, and then another 20 times for the next set who would have come to live with us, and the 20 other children with disabilities who would have come after them. Without funds, it ends for all of them. Success in this project saves the Athlone hostel, and all the lives and big dreams that we are entrusted with.


    The risk of not getting enough funds, is the hostel having to close its doors and everything that means to the 20 special needs children whose lives are dependent on Athlone existing. The blunt reality is that if Athlone is closed, we do not know what will become of these children, whose disabilities make even little things in everyday life a severe trial.


    Donors will see images, receive updates and get to know more about the children. Donors will also receive a personal letter from the kids at the hostel who have benefited from their donation, explaining how the project has saved their home and improved their quality of life.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,000 Foood Three meals per day
      £1,800 Transportation Special Van capable of handling wheelchairs
      £6,750 Salary House Mother and support staff
      £3,450 Clothes/Utlities School uniforms and Electric/Water bills
  • Background


    The Athlone Hostel is next to medical facilities and rehabilitation hospital of the Sir John Golding Centre in Jamaica. For more information, please go to


    Generations of children with disabilities will benefit. The Athlone Home opened in the 1950's and is the only facility of its kind in Jamaica taking care of poor children with disabilities.

  • 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 the founder of Athlone. She has championed this cause for many years, Athlone is everything to the children who call it home.