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Victory House Lift Launch

We are delighted to announce a new addition to our services provided at our veteran’s accommodation project, ‘Victory House’.

Through the effort and generosity of supporters fundraising for the cause, Arc have been able to install a platform lift at the property, allowing for those in wheelchairs or with physical difficulties to access the upstairs communal areas.

Victory House was launched as a new accommodation project in February 2018 following the rise in homeless veteran’s using our services, as well as the need for specialised support for these clients. We converted our old office building on East Reach into 8 bed accommodation. At the time, we were able to ensure the 4 ground floor rooms were wheelchair accessible with features enabling physically disabled clients to live there comfortably. However, the funds did not stretch far enough to install a lift at the time.

Now, thanks to funds raised at a recent charity ball and donations given by fundraisers and supporters, we have been able to move forwards with this project. Arc would like to pay special mention to Mark and Alison Dewar who got the ball rolling with fundraising last July by doing a charity skydive! The Dewar’s wanted to raise money specifically to improve the wheelchair access at Victory House.

Arc would also like to remember Sam Smalldon at this time, who sadly passed away in November. Sam played a big part in getting Victory House up and running and would be thrilled to see the progress. The funds raised at Sam’s funeral will be going directly to this project. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Victory House has now been home to many veterans, helping them to gain the support they need with a roof above their heads, enabling them to get back up on their feet and move on into independent life.

We were delighted to be joined by supporters and the Armed Forces community on Friday 21st February to celebrate the installation of the new lift, which has already seen a great amount of use!

A big thank you to 40 CDO who generously donated £250 towards the cause at the event on Friday. 

We will continue to fundraise for the project to enable it’s success and help it to grow so we can best serve veterans who have fallen on hard times.

If you would like to find out more about Victory House, please visit:
www.arcinspire.co.uk/Our-Services/Accommodation or contact Rosie Hather on [email protected]

If you are able to donate towards this cause, please visit: www.arcinspire.co.uk/Support-Us/Make-a-Donation and select ‘Victory House' as your cause, or cheques made out to Arc can be sent to Rosie Hather at 7 The Crescent, Taunton, TA1 4EA


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