Sarah and Peter's Story

If you saw Sarah singing a solo at the Reach 20th Anniversary Concert in Southwell Minster, or chatting and cooking a meal, you would find it difficult to believe that 10 years ago she hardly left her bedroom. But that is the difference that the support of our staff and volunteers has made to Sarah.
Photo of Sarah and her father Peter

"I could die a happy man if I knew Sarah was being looked after by Reach"

- Peter, Sarah's father

Sarah has been cared for her whole life by her family, but when her mother sadly passed away, Sarah's father Peter became concerned about what the future held for her. She had become confident and happy through attending sessions at Reach, from singing and music to crafts and cookery.

But once her father was not able to care for her, who would Sarah live with and where?

Photo of Sarah
As Sarah’s father Peter says:
I could die a happy man if I knew Sarah was being looked after by Reach.
There is accommodation for adults with learning disabilities in other parts of Nottinghamshire, but this would mean moving Sarah away from the Southwell area, where she knows and is known in the community, and away from her activities at Reach’s Southwell Centre. Coping with a move like this is difficult for anybody, but for Sarah, who loves her familiar routines, losing friends, family and support in one go will be particularly hard.
We are urgently seeking funding to build supported living accommodation for 12 local adults with learning disabilities in Halloughton Road in Southwell. The land was donated to us, but we now need £1.4 million to complete the project over the next two years. A local benefactor has generously offered to match fund donations from the community up to £125,000, so we have set up our At Home in My Community Appeal so that local organisations and individuals can help us raise the funds.
Donate now or to find out more about setting up a fundraising event, visit Accommodation – Ways to Fundraise or email sarah.cobb@reachuk.org
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Find out more about Sarah and her family in our film