Trust to make case for conservatory extension

A Community Makeover competition could help the James Hopkins Trust build a conservatory at its respite centre for severely disabled and life limited children under the age of five in Gloucestershire, it has been revealed.

According to, the trust has been looking to add a £28,000 conservatory onto its dining room for the last two years.

While £18,000 has already been pledged to the cause, an additional £6,000 would enable the project to get underway.

Two £6,000 handouts have been made available as part of the Community Makeover competition, which is supported by the Barclays Community Investment Programme and the Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo newspapers.

The proposed conservatory measures 5m x 6m and will enable all of the children at the trust to eat together.

Further explaining the need for financial help, Vance Hopkins, manager of the James Hopkins Trust, told "We can have nine or ten children at a time for respite care but the dining room is only really big enough for two or three wheelchairs, which splits the children up and separates the nurses."

Applicants have from September 3rd to October 14th to make their case for receiving financial aid.