Footprints Building Appeal 2017-05-03T16:05:57+00:00

Heel & Toe – Footprints Building Appeal £280,000

Early this year we purchased a derelict community building that was vacated by Durham Council many years ago. It is only 1 mile from the A1 and local access to Gateshead, Newcastle and Durham.

We have full planning permission, architect drawings, building control approval and a detailed quantity surveyors report all ready to commence work.

Please watch our video for an insight into our appeal ………………..

Help for Children

Our aim is to transform the building – to offer unique services for children living throughout the North East region. We want to offer:

  1. Hydrotherapy pool large enough to accommodate four children in each therapy session and fully trained specialised staff.
  2. Intensive block physiotherapy in a large adapted therapy room.
  3. Rebound therapy, adapted olympic size trampoline with hoist systems.
  4. Self- contained, fully accessible accommodation for children, siblings and parents to use whilst accessing weekly intensive physiotherapy.

No other charity offers such individual and vital services for children with complex physical disabilities.

Now

With Your Support

What We Need

To make this dream a reality we need to raise a total of £280,000. To date we have had free technical advice and drawings from Avoca Consulting Engineers, and have received financial donations amounting to £71,000 from Kavli Trust, Bradley Hall Surveyors, Freemasons of Durham, and private funders. We plan to refurbish the building in 4 stages as we raise the necessary funds.

Stage 1 – Purchase building January 2017 – completed

Stage 2 – Remove asbestos, clear out building, new roof July 2017 – underway

Stage 3 – Complete first floor family accommodation September 2017 

Stage 4 – Ground floor refurbishment November 2017

Stage 5 – Hydrotherapy pool December 2017

A total of £209,000 is needed to complete the building.

If anyone can donate, or help with the refurbishment please contact [email protected]

What We Offer the Public

Depending upon public donations, we aim to give every individual who donates something in return. From charity merchandise including pens, badges, children’s key rings, to personal letters of thanks from some children who access  our vital service. These letters will inform the sponsor on how  their donations help them. In the building we aim to have an enormous mural of our charity logo. The mural will be made up of 1,000 bricks, people who sponsor a brick will receive in return their name printed as a lasting thanks for support.