Pleasing Growth for Storage Giant Tenant Alexandra’s House of Joy

Rebecca Arkell | March 6, 2020

We are delighted to see Alexandra’s House of Joy take on extra space with us at our Bicester self storage site – thanks to overwhelming public support for this very valuable local charity.

Alexandra’s House of Joy was set up by Rachael and Ian Scott-Hunter, who have now raised £90,000 towards their £2.5m target, to open a state-of-the-art adult care facility in Bicester, in memory of their daughter.

Alexandra, who had very complex needs, died in March 2019, at the age of 47. The couple have received such a wave of donations after the loss of their daughter, that they have been prompted to almost double the amount of space they rent with us here at Storage Giant, to house the goods.

Rachael explained: “Alexandra was a laughing, sunny girl, and, of course we loved her dearly. Losing her was terrible, and it has left us a little bit lost. It has been hard to maintain the energy to continue, but the extra support we have received from people around us who want to see Alexandra’s House of Joy become a reality, has been overwhelming. People give us books, items for car boot sales, vintage and collectible things, so we have had to almost double the amount of space we rent at Storage Giant – Nigel at Storage Giant came to us the other day and gave us a new toaster for our collection! In fact, Nigel has been so kind and supportive of us, it feel as if Storage Giant is very much part of our journey. We also have an incredible team of volunteers behind us.”

Simon Williams, CEO of Storage Giant, said: “It is always a pleasure to see valuable community-based charities and groups like this one thrive. We are happy to be a part of the story of Alexandra’s House of Joy and we very much look forward to seeing it come to fruition in Bicester. We look after a number of charitable groups across the Storage Giant Estate, which, along with SME’s, find our flexible terms helpful to their work.”

Rachael and Ian took on the task of raising the £2.5m needed for the Alexandra’s House of Joy after seeing their daughter’s care provision eroded over the years, culminating in the closure of the Day Time Support Centre she relied upon. The facility they have planned will be easy-access, with a hydrotherapy pool, landscaped sensory gardens, an onsite café, music room and other facilities.

Rachael said: “We still have some way to go to make Alexandra’s House of Joy a reality, but the support we receive locally, and the knowledge that we are doing something so important, in the memory of Alexandra, who we loved so much, keeps us going.”

For more details about Alexandra’s House of Joy, go to:

www.alexandrahouseofjoy.co.uk/