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Challenge to raise £375,000 for GROW

Challenge to raise £375,000 for GROW

Wednesday 06 July 2022

Challenge to raise £375,000 for GROW

Wednesday 06 July 2022

GROW has been set a challenge by Guy and Julia Hands as it seeks to raise the final £500,000 needed for their redevelopment project.

GROW’s campaign patrons, Mr and Mrs Hands, have pledged £125,000 towards the target so long as the charity can raise the remaining £375,000 by the end of August.

The charity’s Coutanchez site is currently undergoing a major redevelopment to provide greater opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. The project is due for completion next spring and £2.5million has been raised so far. 

Mr Hands said: “There is no doubt that once complete, Guernsey’s learning disabled will have unrivalled opportunities to gain employment in commercial sectors.”

GROW Chairman Mark Dunster said whilst the challenge would be tough, he has confidence in “Guernsey’s generous community” to achieve the goal. 

“We are very much aware of how the local community has been supporting GROW both financially… now we’re seeking its support again to help us meet Guy and Julia’s extremely generous challenge.”


Pictured: Guy and Julia Hands on a visit to GROW’s temporary site.

Mr Hands continued: “We are particularly impressed with the training programmes which have been put in place through the College of Further Education - this means those attending can gain a basic City and Guilds qualification in their chosen subject.”  

GROW has been training and mentoring people with learning disabilities, primarily in horticulture, for almost 40 years. When the charity returns to the Coutanchez site, the occupational skills training will be broadened to include carpentry, hospitality, and retail.  

If you would like to visit GROW and discuss how you can support their redevelopment campaign please contact directors Marguerite Talmage on 07911 719081, or Stuart Perfitt on 07781 468318. Alternatively, you can email either of them at redevelopment@grow.gg.

Pictured (top): Julia Hands (left), Mark Dunster, and Guy Hands (right). 


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