Open day showcases Emily's legacy

VALUABLE SUPPORT: Wyre Forest District Council employees visited the Emily Jordan Foundation's base during an open day.

VALUABLE SUPPORT: Wyre Forest District Council employees visited the Emily Jordan Foundation's base during an open day.

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A KIDDERMINSTER-based charity that supports adults with learning and physical disabilities opened its doors to visitors to showcase its work.

The Emily Jordan Foundation, based at Finepoint Way in Kidderminster, held on open day to highlight the three separate enterprises it runs to help young people get into the workplace.

Its Spokes project involves teaching individuals to refurbish, sell and service bicycles and at the open day, the foundation showed off a new mezzanine which is currently storing more than 200 bikes.

They were also displaying their new horticultural project Twigs, which gives young people the chance to learn how to make planters, bird boxes and garden-related merchandise at Brinton Park.

A woodwork group has also been established and information boards have been created to raise awareness of the opportunities the charity is offering.

Employees from neighbouring units and Wyre Forest District Council employees attended the open day to see what the charity was offering and had the chance to buy and book their bicycles in for a service.

Chief executive Ian Miller said: "Wyre Forest District Council is pleased to be supporting the work of the Emily Jordan Foundation.

"During the open day, other colleagues and I were able to meet the young people who receive such valuable support and opportunities from the foundation and to see the work that they do at Spokes.

"The council has made available its former nurseries at Brinton Park to allow the foundation to develop its horticultural work and we look forward to seeing that grow successfully.”

The foundation was set up in memory of 21-year-old Emily Jordan, of Trimpley, who drowned while river boarding in New Zealand in 2008.

Her parents Chris and Sarah Jordan set up the charity as a legacy to Emily, who spent much of her spare time with her brother Alex, who has learning difficulties.

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