Massive increase in fundraising for Stockton-based training and social care provider

CASH BOOST: DPD riders complete ‘coast to coast’ bike ride that ended at Vision25’s desired new premises

Vision25, a Stockton-on-Tees-based independent training and social support provider for young people with disabilities, is set to receive a huge fundraising boost from DPD charity partners.

Parcel delivery brand staff have raised £82,368 throughout 2022 through efforts such as a golf marathon, a ‘depot-to-depot’ challenge covering almost 5,000 miles, bake sales, truck washing and a coast-to-coast cycle. ride which ended at Vision25’s desired new premises on Stockton High Street.

DPD staff members were warmly welcomed by users of the charity’s services and their families to show their appreciation for the extra effort the company has made to support their goal.

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After surpassing their initial goal of £20,000, the final amount of over £80,000 raised is due to the generous matching of DPD’s Community Fund, which is a huge boost for Vision25’s plans for a base of first class in the heart of their region. Their desired premises require extensive refurbishment to meet the needs of young people with disabilities using the service, including accessibility work, heating, etc.

Jen Addison, Managing Director of Vision25, said: “We are an independent training and social support provider offering meaningful options to young people aged 17 and over living with disabilities.

CASH BOOST: Presentation of the check to Vision25 by DPD

“We have a long-term lease on the property we want, but it needs a total renovation which is underway, including new elevators, structural works, heating and much more.

“Thanks to DPD’s generosity, we are so much closer to making our dream home a reality and our young people are beyond thrilled.

“The premises are approximately eight times larger than our current base, which opens up a world of possibilities of what we can offer our young people and expands what Vision25 can give back in terms of local community presence, right on Stockton High Street experiencing its own fantastic changes for the future.

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“We want more interaction for our young people with the general public and their community and vice versa. We plan to use the floor for new ventures like hairdressing and beauty, we want to show our youngsters how capable they are and what they can achieve with the right support in the right setting.

David Winchombe, Transport Manager at DPD, said: “We are delighted to have chosen Vision25 as Charity of the Year. My entire department was inspired by the youth and staff for their vision to create a new center of learning in the community.

“We can’t thank our sponsors enough for supporting Vision25 the way they have, which has given the team tremendous motivation to take on grueling challenges.”

Submitted by Paul Wilson


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