A ROAD construction company has provided a huge boost to a popular Eastbourne charity.

The JPK Sussex Project in Old Town provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

The charity was reopening its café after lockdown and needed to fulfil its Health and Safety obligations to fill holes in the ground.

Uneven surface was hazardous for the public, particularly those with visual impairments and other disabilities.

Hailsham Roadways received a request from a member of staff involved with the charity.

They asked if the company could donate materials and labour.

The company’s owners were delighted to help.

About half a tonne of asphalt was used by the Roadways team to fill and improve the car park areas that required immediate attention.

The project took half a day to complete.

Jill Parker MBE from The JPK Sussex Project said: “Our opening date for ‘The Old Town Café’ was 7th October. It was essential that all the Health and Safety requirements were in place.

“We are extremely grateful to Hailsham Roadways and in particular Sue Horsman for organising the team to undertake the work.

“They were certainly very efficient, friendly and a pleasure to work with.

“The JPK has been closed since March 20th resulting in no income during this period, yet still having to expend on overheads.

“It’s been an extremely difficult time for us and this wonderful support has made a difference. My sincere gratitude for the generous support.”

Hailsham Roadways’ chief executive James Bailey said: “If we can, we’re always delighted to help local charities, schools and community projects.

“It was a pleasure to do so for the JPK Project. Everything we do is Health and Safety based and so it pleases us immensely to leave this site in good order.

“Where it is possible we are trying to convince clients to use environmentally friendlier materials too.”

Roadways was established in 1966 so has over 50 years’ pedigree in civil engineering and asphalt surfacing. The company specialises in highways, groundwork, traffic management, construction materials, concrete, and recycling – and is a leading proponent of the circular economy and sustainability in its industry.

The company is also a regular supporter of local charities in Sussex, a fair wage employer, and an actively good neighbour in the community in which it works.”

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Hailsham Roadways won multiple awards last year. Among others:

· Employer of the Year, Woman in Business Awards

· Large Business of the Year, Business Excellence Awards.

The JPK Project was formed in 2001 as a result of research which identified need for suitable residential accommodation for people with a learning disability in East Sussex.

Its findings revealed over 140 people aged between 25 and 50 still living at home in the area and dependent upon their parents and carers, with no suitable provision for them or future plans for such locally.

The JPK Project believes everyone has the right to live independently, and that families should be able to access support to enable this transition before a crisis occurs. Furthermore, that we all need a purpose to get up in the morning and lead a meaningful and useful life