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Project information

Sponsor a brick appeal for a new Burgess House

The idea is to build a new Burgess House that's similar to a hotel that people will want to stay time and time again.
We need to raise £1k to do this so sponsor a brick and have you name recognised on our honours board.
We aim to complete within two years from now

two (2) years

Charity information: Ipswich Mencap (formerly Ipswich Society for Mentally Handicapped Children & Adults)

Ipswich Mencap (formerly Ipswich Society for Mentally Handicapped Children & Adults)
  • Need


    We are trying many fund raising ideas to raise the funds but its slow going despite fund raising every weekend.
    We need someone to come up with really good bright ideas that will have a huge impact on the community and help us on our way to achieving our goal.
    The new build is important because without it all the years of hard work and support by many dedicated parents will be lost because the old building is looking tired and not very inviting.


    The old build is very tired and no longer inviting. A new build will be more like a hotel, bright and spacious.
    There will be sensory, games, social, and craft rooms on site for people to enjoy on their own or with friends.
    In turn we are hoping this will encourage more younger people to benefit from a stay which will give parents a vital break from their role in caring.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Aim No 1 is to achieve our goal of raising the money required to see the project through


    » Hold regular car boots sales. Selling goods donated by local people. Charging to set up a stall on site.
    » Regular coffee mornings and raffle. Encouraging people to join us for a couple of hours. Selling cakes & smaller items of bric a brac
    » Fun days. Selling stalls to people. Doing a raffle. Selling donated items.

    What success will look like

    We will keep people informed of our achievements via our newsletter and web pages and the press whilst at the same time giving people the opportunity to continue donating.

    Aim 2

    no 2 is to get the project off the ground and see it though to the end. Having a great opening day.


    » We are looking to local companies to support us and have ideas of some fund raising activities to help us achieve our goal.

    What success will look like

    By working closely with our project managers to ensure everything is done well and kept on track. At the end of the project we will invite people along to the official opening

  • Impact


    Respite supports parents to have a break from their role of caring. The present building is no longer suitable for some clients as there are no lifts. The building is old so the new project will cater for all needs, be on one level with state of the art equipment to make easier. It will be wheelchair friendly and with special areas for medication.
    It would lighten the load on staff, parents and the guests themselves and bring about a happier atmosphere all round.


    The risks are simple. Without the new project the old building would become obsolete and parents would suffer under the strain of caring. Everyone is entitled to a break once in a while so why should parents of a disabled child/young adult be any different. We are trying our best to keep staff happy and continue to support parents.


    Report will be made through our regular newsletters, through the press and on our website. All donations received will be acknowledged by letter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Fees Solicitors, Surveyor, architects
      £930,000 Building Building fees
      £30,000 Equipment New furniture and specialised equipment
      £15,000 Sensory equipment To kit out the new sensory room
      £10,000 Office equipment To kit out the main office for staff
      £5,000 Gardening To landscape the surrounding gardens with sensory area
  • Background


    The location for the project is South East Ipswich on the outskirts surrounding the main town.
    Based near to a busy shopping area, local parks and on a bus route to the town centre


    People who will benefit from the project are people of all ages who have a learning disability, autism or an acquired learning disability through brain injury etc.
    The main people to benefit are family carers who will be getting a break from their caring role.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ipswich Mencap is one of the oldest local successful charities in the area, now 56 years old.
    Its is a recognised charity by local people for the work it does supporting people in Ipswich. Fund raising, running social clubs, parent support groups and a wide variety of social activities geared for many with disabilities. At the same time supporting parents/carers to get benefits they are entitled to.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sue Prentice Volunteer Treasurer

    Sue is presently speaking with the charity commission, surveyors and solicitors

    Tony Houghton Volunteer Vice Chair

    Tony along with Sue is over seeing the project to a satisfactory conclusion

    Amanda Dunn Suffolk County Council

    Amanda is transformation program manager for learning disabilities at the local council. She is advising us on what is required within the project.

    Tony Carr Managing Director

    Tony is managing director of Leading Lives an enterprise organisation who runs the respite service on our behalf. Tony works closely with Amanda Dunn