Camden Road charity’s grant ‘a wonderful Christmas present’
04 January, 2019 — By Emily Finch
Jean Willson: ‘It’s a dream come true receiving this grant’
THE chairwoman of a charity that supports thousands of people with learning disabilities has described the £650,000 grant from the Mayor of London as “a wonderful Christmas present”.
Jean Willson became involved in Centre 404 – a reference to the location of its headquarters in Camden Road – more than 40 years ago after the charity supported her daughter Victoria, who was severely disabled. Victoria died in 2013 but Ms Willson’s enduring love for her daughter and the charity saw her rise to the ranks of chairwoman.
Ms Willson, who lives near Caledonian Road, said: “It’s a dream come true receiving this grant. We can now move on to a new stage of our building programme, which is much needed because we’ve outgrown the current building,” she said.
Plans to extend parts of the roof and restore the front facade of the building were passed by the council two years ago. But Centre 404 have not been able to fund the changes – until this year.
“We’re going to build two training rooms for meetings and this will free up space on the ground floor for wheelchair users,” she added.