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WSB champion gets disabled accommodation work underway

Thu, 13 Oct 2016

Jonathan Rea digs the first foundations for new apartments at the Joey Dunlop Foundation.
Jonathan Rea digs the first foundations for new apartments at the Joey Dunlop Foundation.

The reigning World Superbike Champion helped start work to build more holiday accommodation in the Island for people with disabilities and special needs.

Castletown resident Jonathan Rea dug the first foundations at the Joey Dunlop Foundation's new holiday complex at Braddan Bridge.

The Northern Irishman's father competed against Dunlop during his racing career, while Rea's grandfather was a sponsor of the 26-time TT winner.

The charity is aiming to have five new apartments ready by April, adding to the three that opened in 2010.

The first apartments opened to provide accessible accommodation, with demand for such facilities increasing in recent years.

The apartments and equipment are funded by the charity's events and merchandise.

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