A letter from the PM23 Oct 2014
On 23rd October, local MP Mike Freer visited Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill Lodge, a residential home for adults who have physical and sensory disabilities, to present two of its residents with a letter from David Cameron for their remarkable work.
The two residents Matthew Kayne and Simon Davies have been involved in ongoing fundraising and local campaigning issues.
Simon Davies, 39, was born with athetoid Cerebral Palsy. He is reliant on an electric wheelchair, speaks with the aid of a word synthesiser and works with the aid of a computer. Until the age of 16 he went to Grove Park School for the physically disabled where he sat several GCSEs. He then moved onto Sixth Form College where he passed 2 A-levels and an A/S-Level and secured a place at Middlesex University to undertake a degree in Marketing. He graduated with a First Class Honors Degree and now works as a volunteer in Jewish Care’s Fundraising and Marketing Department and runs a successful greeting card business, ‘Simon Says’ – the profits of which go directly into Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill Lodge.
Simon’s latest fundraising initiative, a tandem skydive, raising over £6,000 for Jewish Care.
Matthew Kayne, 31, stepped out of his wheelchair in 2012 to complete a mile long walk from Rela Goldhill Lodge to Café Nero in Golders Green raising thousands of pounds for the home. Matthew has worked alongside Mike Freer MP to campaign for better pavements in the local area as well as improved access to local shops. The duo were delighted when Starbucks in Golders Green took on comments and ensured that their recent refurbishment provided step free access to enable Matthew to enter the shop in his electric wheelchair. He plans to continue campaigning until access is improved across the board.