On the 24th of October, David Lewis celebrated the life of Joanna Potten (Jo Jo) by renaming a popular café in Warford “Jo Jo’s Plaice” in her honour. Jo Jo’s Plaice is a small café that provides work experience, social space and independence for people with complex needs.

David Lewis is one of the largest care providers in Cheshire who offer education, residential, medical, and therapeutic support for people with learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism and other complex needs. Due to the pandemic, this lively café once known as “The Rainbow Café” was closed for over 2 years.

Jo Jo passed away 27/01/2022 but during her life she was a huge part of life for everyone at David Lewis.  

John Heritage, Chief Executive of David Lewis said, “I want to thank everyone who made today possible.

“This café was named in honour of a wonderful woman called Joanna who touched many lives here at David Lewis with her bubbly personality – and love of fish and chips! I am so pleased some of Jo’s Jo’s family can be here today as well as many of her friends and people who supported her”

Diana Potten, Jo Jo’s mother said “As a family, we’ve been overwhelmed with acts of kindness and support from everyone within David Lewis. We just wanted to take a chance to say thank you to everyone who knew Jo Jo and came to show their support today.”

“I want people to know just how much she loved life here at David Lewis.”

People who supported Jo Jo commented, “She was a free spirit full of life, with a wicked sense of humour”

“She’ll be missed dearly, we often talk about her huge character and contagious laugh.”

“Jo Jo loved many things, but the top 3 I would say are her Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a glass of red wine!”

Find out more about David Lewis here https://www.davidlewis.org.uk/

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