A PIONEERING Sussex charity is launching an eight-day fundraising appeal on Tuesday (December 1) to build a 21st Century outdoor learning space for its severely disabled young people.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge.

It’s an annual match funding project.

It needs £12,000 of online donations from the public between midday on Tuesday 1st December and midday on Tuesday 8th December

If that target is reached, the figure will be doubled by The Big Give and the playground will be created.Headteacher, Simon Yates, said the playground will make a huge difference to the pupils’ lives.

He said: “Everyone is facing challenges with Covid 19 and this project will allow our pupils to both learn and play in a safe outdoor environment.

“It will also give easy access for wheelchairs from the classrooms straight into the playground and provide lots of learning opportunities in the fresh air.”

If enough money is raised, the outside area will be transformed into an interactive multisensory space including raised flower beds, a bridge and sensory activities. 

Along with a new sunshade and improved wheelchair access from the classrooms to the play area, the changes will enable young people to play outside come rain or shine and enable the young people to make their own choice as to where they want to play and learn.

Jenna Durdle, Fundraising Manager, added 


“Every donation really does count!  With all donations being doubled between midday on December 1 and midday on December 8, it’s a great way to make your support go even further. We know 2020 has been a challenging year, but we remain truly grateful for whatever our supporters can contribute.”


Donations made online at www.chf.org.uk/BigGive will be matched when made between midday on Tuesday 1st December and midday on Tuesday 8th December.

Donations made as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge are matched thanks to the generosity of Big Give Champions, including three companies from Uckfield.

The supporters are The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, and pledgers Buxted Construction, PGL Building & Scaffolding, CJ Thorne, Sunninghill Construction and Adavirtual. 

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a charity providing education, care and transition services to children and young adults with complex physical disabilities. 

Its mission is to give disabled children and young adults every opportunity to pursue their fullest potential.

It is situated at North Chailey.

Further information about Chailey Heritage Foundation can be found by 

Web – www.chf.org.uk

YouTube – www.youtube.com/ChaileyHeritageFound

Twitter – @chaileyheritage

Facebook – www.facebook.com/ChaileyHeritageFoundation