Braddan Bridge House, which provides accommodation for people with disabilities while they visit the Isle of Man, is open all year around and isn’t just for motorcycle racers.
That is the message from the Joey Dunlop Foundation, which created the accommodation in memory of 26-times TT winner Joey.
The house, which is adjacent to the TT course at Braddan Bridge, has already welcomed its first guests, and the foundation is keen for anyone who needs its special facilities while visiting the Island at any time to make use of the accommodation.
It took almost a decade of fundraising and hard voluntary work to turn the ambition of accommodation for disabled visitors into a reality. Joey Dunlop Foundation trustee Kevin Quirk said the charity continues to rely on support, and is also keen to dispel the misconception the house is only for former racers.
“Like all charities, fundraising is always ongoing and we have several events planned, including the annual Joey Dunlop Memorial Ride out on the 2nd July 2011.”
“With accommodation available from £200 per week, we are able to maintain these low tariffs providing we continue to receive the ongoing support from local businesses and our loyal supporters.”
“There still remains a misconception that we only cater for ex-racers. The facilities are open all year and are available to anyone with a disability or just require that little bit of comfort when on holiday.”
Mr Quirk added:
“Special rates are available for bookings from organisations that wish to bring children on holiday.”
Braddan Bridge House is preparing for a visit from the Quality in Tourism assessor and Mr Quirk said the foundation is looking forward to the house receiving its grading.
“This will be a significant step forward as we will then be an official provider of accessible facilities for people with special needs.”
If you would like to support the foundation, donations can be sent to Braddan Bridge House, Peel Road, Braddan, Isle of Man, IM4 4TN. (Cheques should be made payable to Joey Dunlop Foundation).
For further information, visit the Joey Dunlop Foundation website.