An additional three desperately needed respite beds will be available to Mudgee families from June with Lifeskills Plus opening the doors to part of its purpose-built facility.
The announcement comes after the disability service provider raised $7,630 at its Car Boot Sale Bonanza last month.
With stage one of the project (including the respite wing) already funded, money donated will go toward finishing the second half of the building.
The event’s major fundraiser – the Chain of Coins – raised more than $5,000.
With the help of Brothers 3, families laid their gold and silver coins along the trail that was symbolic of the distance between the existing Perry Street centre and the new Community Centre in Oporto Road.
“The Chain of Coins totalled at $5,280.75 which is almost spooky [because] $5,285.95 dollars would have been raised by the chain of coins if the whole distance between Perry Street and Oporto Road had been covered by five cent pieces,” Lifeskills business and community liaison officer, Bob Lejeune said.
“Lifeskills Plus’ fundraising committee would like to thank the community for their generous donations and in particular the Peabody Energy employees of Wilpinjong Coal Mine who contributed as good as half of the amount raised by the Chain of Coins.”
Mr Lejeune thanked all those who volunteered including Brothers 3.
“At the Car Boot Sale Bonanza these young men have proven themselves as genuine community members,” Mr Lejeune said.
“Sitting down on the concrete floor with the other volunteers and members of the public, lining up hundreds and hundreds of donated coins is a picture that we will never forget.”
Due to the amount of gifts donated to the Lifeskills’ boot sale stand not all could be sold and will be available at the Friends of Lifeskills garage sale next door to Harvey Norman in Mudgee on May 2 and 3.