Charity is in pole position

PUBLISHED: 15:37 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

THE estate of late British Formula One personality Louis Stanley has donated £200,000 to redevelop services for adults with learning disabilities. Orford House in Ugly is run by HFT, the charity formerly known as the Home Farm Trust, and is trying to rais

THE estate of late British Formula One personality Louis Stanley has donated £200,000 to redevelop services for adults with learning disabilities.

Orford House in Ugly is run by HFT, the charity formerly known as the Home Farm Trust, and is trying to raise £2.3million to improve the service it currently provides to its 42 residents.

And they are delighted after the executors of Mr Stanley's estate decided to help their cause.

Hilary Colbert, HFT's fund development manager, said: "We are overwhelmed by this huge gift and are enormously grateful to the trustees for deciding in HFT's favour.

"Through launching major fund-raising appeals, HFT is able to provide new buildings and services, and to adapt our existing buildings to meet the changing needs of people with learning disabilities.

"The redevelopment of our Herts and Essex services will create a totally new service for the 42 people with learning disabilities currently living there, as well as creating nine new places on site and in the wider community.

"Our plans will result in new and improved accommodation, giving individually tailored services and specialist care for people with autism and dementia."

The £2.3 million appeal, launched by HRH Princess Anne two years ago, has already funded a new purpose-built resource centre and a pioneering specialist elderly care bungalow, Pear Tree Cottage, at Orford House.

Mr Stanley, who died in 2004 at the age of 92, was regarded as the principal of the British Racing Motors team in the late 1960s.

He was a keen Formula One supporter and wrote more than 50 books on grand prix races.

In his will, he left the distribution of his estate for local good causes at the discretion of his executors, solicitor John Tarrant and family friend Doreen Pitt.

In return, HFT has invited Mr Tarrant and Mrs Pitt to a tea party at Orford House on March 17 to thank them.

"Mrs Pitt was welcomed to HFT's service in Ugley last month where she met with staff and service-users and had a preview of the nearly completed Dove Cottages, which are being converted into three specialist houses for people with autism, complex support needs and those who are growing older," said Mrs Colbert.

HFT supports over 1000 people in supported living, registered care homes, with advocacy, supported employment and day services across the country.

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