Maple House fundraising at halfway point

Funding for the Professionals for Hope project at Maple House reached nearly 50 per cent after two local businesses gave generous support to the effort.

Representatives from Butterfield Bank and Turner and Roulstone

Representatives from Butterfield Bank and Turner and Roulstone with volunteers from Professionals for Hope. The group has reached 50 per cent of its $60,000 fundraising goal. Photo: Submitted

Butterfield Bank and law firm Turner and Roulstone each donated CI$10,000 to the Maple House project, which aims to make the facility for disabled children more homelike by upgrading the current facilities, said a press release.

Representatives from both companies visited the facility last week, along with Minister of Health and Human Services Anthony Eden.

‘We are pleased to support such a worthwhile cause,’ said Alan Turner, Managing Partner of Turner and Roulstone. ‘It is part of our business philosophy to give back to the community in the Cayman Islands and we look forward to supporting Professionals for Hope in other endeavours in the future as well as other charitable organizations in the Cayman Islands.’

Butterfield Bank Managing Director Conor O’Dea also noted the meaningfulness of the cause.

‘The Maple House upgrade is a commendable project,’ he said. ‘Butterfield Bank is proud to be able to provide assistance in giving its residents a better quality of life. We congratulate Professionals for Hope in moving this initiative forward and wish them continued success.’

All totalled, Maple House will need to raise CI$60,000 to make the planned upgrades. In addition to the generous donations of Butterfield Bank and Turner and Roulstone, HSBC Bank and Bank of America have also supported the project. A private individual also made a substantial donation to bring the total raised for Maple House close to CI$30,000.

Professionals for Hope Chairwoman Joan Dowling said she was very grateful for the contributions so far.

‘Whilst the residents may not fully understand what we are trying to achieve for them, nonetheless when you see them it is impossible to say ‘no’,’ she said. ‘I am very grateful to those in our community who have given them an emphatic ‘yes’. I am confident that other institutions and individuals on these Islands will also say ‘yes’ and provide us with the remainder we need to make Maple House into a home.’