With planning permission granted, we are months away from starting works on a new development in the heart of the growing Jewish community in Mill Hill East. We are delighted to have secured a lead gift for the new development from the Ephraim 1998 Charitable Trust. The building will be named Ephraim Court in memory of the Trust’s founders, brothers Menashi (Morris) and Heskel (Harry) Ephraim.
Ephraim Court will provide 23 one-bedroom mobility apartments and 7 two-bedroom mobility apartments as well as an overnight studio apartment for the on-site house manager and a range of communal facilities.
The development is due for completion in early 2024 and is being designed to meet the needs of people with physical disabilities or vision impairments. It will include accessible modern fitted kitchens and walk in shower rooms – spacious enough to accommodate wheelchairs, communal laundry facilities – with accessible machines for all to use, a lounge, small garden and roof terrace. There is parking for tenants which will enable those who drive to retain this aspect of their independence.
Alongside accessibility, sustainability has been a driving force in the design of this new development. An ambitious low carbon energy strategy has been incorporated into the design which includes the inclusion of air source heat pumps, solar panels and green and brown roofs.
As an independent organisation that receives no government funding, all of our developments have, to date, been funded with the support and generosity of the community. The cost of the project is expected to be in the region of £10m and with several other generous gifts pledged, we are now embarking on a fundraising campaign to meet the current £3.5m shortfall.
Gary Cullum, Trustee of the Ephraim 1998 Charitable Trust said; “Prior to his passing, Menashi appointed myself and his former financial advisor, Stuart Cutler, as Trustees of the Ephraim 1998 Charitable Trust and executors of his will. He left us clear instructions to seek legacy opportunities with particular interest in a number of fields including supporting the Jewish Community and people with visual impairments. We have been impressed with the work of Jewish Blind & Disabled and are delighted to be supporting this new development, a fitting lasting legacy for Menashi and Heskel Ephraim”.
Marc Gordon, Chair, Jewish Blind & Disabled commented; “This is our largest fundraising project to date. If we can fully fundraise for this development it will enable us to find a site in the Hertfordshire area where we know there is current and growing need. If meeting the current funding gap on Ephraim Court isn’t possible, we will have to borrow from the bank and this will significantly slow down our ambitious plans for growth and development. We are an organisation that has grown and developed thanks to the generosity of individuals and families from across the community. We hope alongside our long-standing supporters to be able to attract new individuals, families, Trusts and Foundations to support this wonderful cause. By working together, we can transform even more lives”.
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