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Helen Baker, trust fundraiser, See Ability...

What is the project and when will it start? The Windmill Court appeal aims to raise enough cash to build eight specially adapted supported-living flats for young people in Honiton, Devon, who are blind or partially sighted with complex physical and learning disabilities.

Site preparation and demolition of the existing area is due to start this summer. Building work on the apartments is set for November, so that we can house people by next year.

Do you need further funding to set up the project? Yes. We have currently raised £854,000 towards our £1.3m target through trusts, events and community fundraising.

How many trusts or foundations did you apply to for this funding? Around 150 grant-making trusts so far, both nationally and locally. Our appeal got off to a very encouraging start when the Henry Smith Charity and the Community Fund South West each awarded us £150,000. We are extremely grateful to a number of other trusts, who have given valuable support to our Windmill Court appeal, including the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Sobell Foundation.

Is this your first grant from the Freemasons? It's our second. We have been successful both times we applied. The charity gave us £4,500 in May 2002 towards furnishings for our first supported living project in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Was the application a simple process? Yes. It was straightforward and time-effective.

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