Cherry Tree Trust launches community project to help the disabled

Users of Cherry Groce Trust services. Credit: Cherry Groce Trust

The Cherry Tree Trust is to launch an event for its first project, The Cherry Tree Experience, on Friday April 25 on Brixton Road.

The project aims to work with black and minority ethnic (BME) people who have become disabled either through illness or accident and their carers over a six week period, offering trips and activities which would otherwise be difficult to attend.

The launch will feature inspirational guest speakers, music, exhibition stalls and refreshments.

The Cherry Tree Trust was established in memory of Cherry Groce, who was shot in her bed by the Metropolitan Police in 1985 in a bungled raid, which left her paralysed from the waist down.

Ms Groce’s family were recently granted legal aid for legal representation at the inquest into her death, scheduled to take place in June.

Lee Lawrence, Ms Groce’s son and founder of the Cherry Tree Trust, said: “Through our own personal experience we have identified a problem where numerous members from disabled BME backgrounds have faced racial discrimination or prejudice when dealing with more mainstream organisations, as cultural and religious differences are not often taken into account.

“Many activities that are available are either not well publicised or can often leave some feeling abandoned with limited choices, and leave their carers feeling guilty.”

The launch event will take place from 11am-3pm at the disability hub at We Are 336, 336 Brixton Road.

For more information about the project and to register to attend the event, visit the Cherry Tree Trust website.


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