The Bungalow project update

Based in Eastbourne, The Bungalow is run by East Sussex County Council and provides residential care for seven children and young people aged between 8 to 19 years old who live with a range of learning disabilities.

As part of our 50th year appeal ‘Sussex Giving for Sussex Children’, we have pledged £50,000 worth of funding to the centre to create more play and leisure opportunities for young people who rely on the services at The Bungalow.

Many of the residents cared for find crowded and noisy areas extremely stressful and can display challenging behaviour when they are feeling anxious. The challenges they face mean that it is often difficult for the children to access public leisure areas and facilities within the local community.

The Bungalow has a sizeable outdoor area which has been unable to be used for outdoor activities such as ball games due to neighbouring properties. With funding from Rockinghorse, additional facilities are being installed at the centre so that the young people living there will be able to pursue their outdoor interests in a contained and safe environment.

Thanks to funds already raised for our Golden Jubilee appeal, the garden is currently undergoing renovations with many positive additions being put in place. New fencing has been added and the original lawn is being replaced by astro turf throughout the garden. This will be easier to maintain and will be able to be used by residents all year round.

A netted sunken trampoline has been introduced and a large canopied area with interactive sensory items has been created, including the addition of a play water station. The garden is nearing completion, with the addition of extra astro turf to be laid and a netted-in football pitch to be finished. Students from Roedean School in Brighton will be volunteering their time to add an injection of colour to fence panels within the garden for the children to enjoy.

Rockinghorse CEO Ryan Heal and the charity’s Head of Fundraising Analiese Doctrove were joined by Trustee Phil Frier and key supporters from the Eastbourne area for a first-look at the garden (pictured above). Bruce Hayter, Managing Partner of Rix & Kay, Tim Cobb, Managing Director of Cobb PR and Christina Ewbank from the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, spent time visiting The Bungalow.

They heard from Tony Hines and Rose Cooper at the centre about how the outdoor space will make a huge difference to the young people who live there. They were joined by Ray Parker from Kompan, the company responsible for the install of the play equipment, who spoke about their involvement.

It is thanks to funds raised at last year’s Best of British charity sporting lunch in Eastbourne and donations from the Sussex Giving for Sussex Children appeal, that this project has been made possible. The Bungalow’s garden will be finished very soon and we will be announcing its completion in due course, so watch this space!

This year’s Best of British charity sporting lunch in Eastbourne will take place at The Grand Hotel on Friday 15 September with special guest speaker Geoff Miller OBE. Tables of 10 are £750, to book please contact Ryan Heal on 01273 330044 or email

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