BRADDAN Bridge House, the island’s holiday accommodation for disabled visitors, should soon be able to offer extra rooms if a proposed extension goes according to plan.
Kevin Quirk, chairman of the Joey Dunlop Foundation charity which raised the funds to convert the house said they had always planned to extend and demand suggested this was better done sooner than later.
‘Last year was exceptional and this year was very good too,’ he said.
‘The problem is we keep having to turn people away. That’s particularly sad when we have people with a limited life expectancy. We offer them the following year but they are not always confident of being around by then.
‘We always thought we would expand one day so why not start the ball rolling now?’
The plan is to build two more one-bedroom flats on land they have to the back of the existing house behind the reception area. These will have adjoining doors so a larger group could be accommodated together if necessary.
Plans are currently being worked on by the architect and the aim is to start work next winter. Ideally the project will be complete by April 2014 and ready to receive visitors in time for that year’s TT.
‘We are getting a lot of enquiries for the new Classic TT though we are always full in August and for the Southern 100 as well.
‘It’s an exciting project but of course it means fundraising in ernest starts again,’ he added.
As part of its fundraising drive the charity’s sell-out annual meal takes place early next year with special guests TT and MGP star Ryan Farquhar, Moto GP rider Jeremy McWilliams, various local riders and one of the Honda Legends team riders.
The draw for this year’s tombola prize Honda CBR600 is at January’s annual dinner. Mr Quirk promised next year’s prize (drawn in early 2014) would be ‘rather unique’.
The charity’s annual Joey Dunlop memorial run, which takes place in July will also mark the 10th anniversary of the death of racer Steve Hislop who gave much support in the early days of the charity when it started in 2000.
To mark the occasion Mr Quirk is hoping the ride out will be led by 19-times TT winner John McGuinness. Plans are also afoot to celebrate next year’s 30th anniversary of Joey Dunlop’s first TT win for Honda.
Braddan Bridge House was officially opened during TT 2010 by John McGuinness and Joey’s widow Linda.
For more information about Braddan Bridge House contact Mr Quirk on 677741.