Whilst 2021 may not have started as we had all hoped, over at The Chaseley Trust, the new year has seen some great success already.

By the end of January, the majority of the Chaseley staff team had received their first Covid-19 vaccination, with in fact some of them receiving their second. In addition to this, all of those Chaseley residents who have been able to receive the vaccination have also had their first one. This is a really great milestone and the team at Chaseley would like to thank everyone involved in rolling these out so efficiently.

Chaseley have also launched their £375,000 fundraising appeal as part of the 75th Anniversary in a bid to modernise, update and refresh the Chaseley home. The funding will help to:

· Upgrade the Activate Gym

· Upgrade the resident kitchens on each floor, including the Therapy kitchen which is used to support resident transition when their care path and ultimate plan is to move home

· Replace the flooring throughout the building with a more hardwearing material

· Complete a full building survey to enable Chaseley to plan their next 10 year maintenance schedule

· Complete a variety of building works to ensure the home can be preserved for the next 75 years!

The Chaseley Board of Trustees have welcomed four new members to the team, bringing with them a wealth of experience and skills that will help to benefit and drive Chaseley forward into 2021 and the year ahead.

Finally, during the latter part of 2020 Lesley Standing made the difficult decision to retire early from her role as CEO and ended her time at Chaseley last month. Lesley “believes that Chaseley is back in a place where it is moving forwards with a great team and growing occupancy and each and every one of the team contributes to making it the special place it is to live and work in.”

Tracey May, Chair of the Trustees explains that “this year brings about change but also I think a very memorable year for Chaseley. I am hopeful and look forward to celebrating at events with our staff, residents, and supporters throughout the summer and in the meantime, on behalf of the Trustees and team at Chaseley I would like to take this opportunity to wish Lesley well for the future, we all hope she relaxes and enjoys her retirement. We are also excited to share with you, news of our new CEO, Emma Rich-Spice, who is local to the area and brings with her a considerable amount of experience in running specialist nursing homes in the local area and also at area level. The Trustees are confident of her extensive abilities to take over the helm from Lesley Standing.”

If you would like to donate to Chaseley’s 75th fundraising appeal, or wish to know more, you can visit their website, or donate directly at:

http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Chaseley75thAnniversaryAppeal

The Chaseley Trust was established in Eastbourne in 1946 by Dr Luttwig Guttmann to care for soldiers returning from the Second World War with spinal injuries.

Today, the charity provides care and rehabilitation services for all adults over the age of 18 who have significant physical disabilities.

The 55-bed home specialises in long-term nursing, respite and day care for people with complex disabilities.

The multi-disciplinary approach to care and rehabilitation includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social and recreational activities ensuring that people have independence and control over their lives. The ethos of the charity remains the same as when first founded over seventy years ago, to enable people with disabilities to lead a full and active life in spite of their disabilities.

As a charity we rely on generous donations from our community to provide services for which we receive no Local Authority or Government funding. Last year, the charity cared for over 100 residents and supported their families as they coped with the suddenness and/or deterioration of their loved one’s condition.

For further information on the charity contact: Jodie Cornford, Fundraising Manager jodiec@chaseleytrust.org

Tel: 01323 744200

CEO, Emma Rich-Spice, pictured.