Chailey Heritage Foundation

What is the Chailey Heritage Foundation?

The Chailey Heritage Foundation provides education, care and transition services for young people aged 3-25 with complex physical disabilities and health needs. They are recognised as one of the UK’s leading centres for children and young adults with neurological motor impairment, such as Cerebral Palsy. Their aim is to provide a stimulating and inclusive environment where all young people are given every opportunity to make progress and develop life skills in preparation for adulthood.

Chailey Heritage Foundation encompasses the Chailey Heritage School, a day and residential special school – and Chailey Heritage Residential, which provides full-time accommodation and short breaks. They work in partnership with Chailey Heritage Clinical Services, part of the Sussex Community NHS Trust and currently have 81 pupils in the school, 42 of whom are accessing their residential services.

Why have we chosen to support them?

The foundation has successfully combined education and medical support and share a site with the schools and clinical services arm in Lewes – enabling children to benefit from totally integrated multi-disciplinary support. Their 52 weeks a year residential provision means they can and do take young people from all over Sussex and the surrounding area. We seek to support young people with challenging needs throughout Sussex via a range of projects which improve their general wellbeing.

How will the funds raised make a difference?

Chailey Heritage Foundation are converting and extending an existing building into an all-weather Indoor Activity Centre where the children and young people they cater for can take part in sport related activities, such as; powered wheelchair driving, disability football, music, drama and dance.

All of the children and young adults at the school are wheelchair users with limited speech and limb control – most have Cerebral Palsy and complex health needs – requiring help with each aspect of everyday life. This means they are not able to access services in the community as they need specialist facilities that meet their needs.

The indoor activity space, dubbed the DREAM Centre, will be a greatly positive addition to all the children and young adults using the services provided by Chailey Heritage Foundation, particularly for the young people who are making the transition from education to adulthood. As part of our 50th year appeal, we have donated £50,000 towards the centre, which has an estimated cost of £2.5 million.