Once this group of admirers had been given
the green light by the Dunlop family, fund raising plans
were instigated and the Joey Dunlop Foundation, (formerly
known as the Joey Dunlop Injured Riders Fund) was established,
initially to raise funds to install a lift in the TT grandstand
to make access possible to the main viewing gallery for
the disabled. The second undertaking was to provide much
needed accommodation for the physically challenged and their
families on the Isle of Man.
Apart from a sizeable contribution from Arai
Helmets, (£57,000) all funds have been raised by the
Foundation committee members who have worked long hours,
especially during the summer months, and have always looked
for much needed extra support from Joey Dunlop fans throughout
the world. In 2005 a property was purchased in Victoria
Road, Douglas, near the TT Grandstand,at a cost of £200,000.
Donations payable to 'The Joey Dunlop Foundation' can be
- Kevin Quirk, 12 First Avenue, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2
Bruce Baker, 11 Harcroft Road, Saddlestone Park, Douglas,
Isle of Man, IM2 1PN
In 2007 the Joey Dunlop Foundation managed
to raise £91,000! This is a fantastic achievement,
especially as the Centenary TT did not bring in the revenue
which we had hoped for. Unfortunately the building tenders
came in at £200k over our available budget, throughout
the winter and into the spring of 2008, we looked at ways
in which we could provide disabled holiday accommodation
on site at a cost within present finances. After a meeting
with Linda Dunlop & John Harris, we decided to source
3 independent luxury pine lodges and with consultation with
various groups we had to come up with a unique arrangement
which would satisfy the planning department. The manufacturing
companies that build these fully fitted lodges would not
take on the contract for the proposed unique buildings thus
leaving the JDF with a huge dilemma on what way forward
the charity should take.
In June 2009 the charity have purchased Braddan
Bridge House and sold the Victoria Road site. The new site
has many advantages over the previous site with the main
points being that it is on the TT Course with excellent
viewing of the TT Races and it has ample space both inside
and out. The plans for the conversion, from single dwelling
to 3 self-contained apartments, was passed in July 09.
Works were soon underway and after many months
hard work the House was finally formally opened on Mad Sunday
during TT 2010. The first Guest was able to stay in comfort
during the 2010 Manx Grand Prix. This was thanks to the
Manx Lottery Trust who granted well over £44,000.00
of which paid for all the specialist equipment such as hoists,
beds and furniture.
Since then the Joey Dunlop Foundation have
opened the 3rd apartment as well as the adjacent Reception
and Laundry areas that are located in what was the garage.
Summer 2011 is a busy period as BBH is fully booked with
many, many people enjoying holiday breaks on the Isle of
Man, all thanks to the Foundations accessible accommodation.
the Joey Dunlop Foundation website