The Chaseley Trust turns 75 this year and as part of their anniversary plans, they have just launched a £375,000 fundraising appeal to modernise, update and refresh Chaseley.

Over the past 75 years Chaseley’s services have developed greatly, leading it to become a unique, independent charity owned nursing home that specialises in caring for adults with complex neurological illness or physical disability.

Residents at Chaseley have high, complex care needs that consist of a wide range of neurological disabilities including spinal injury, acquired and traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation and degenerative neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone and Parkinson’s disease.

Chaseley’s main source of funding comes from residents’ fees, which cover the cost of their care package and contributes to the daily running costs of the home.

Various commissioning bodies fund the majority of resident care packages and they have just 5% surplus to fund all their additional costs, including the upkeep of the beautiful building, upgrading their equipment, and to provide the extra activities and services that enhance the comfort and well-being of their residents, which is why they rely on fundraising and donations.

This fundraising appeal aims to modernise, update and refresh Chaseley and 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!

Jodie Cornford, Fundraising Manager says “The Chaseley building is a complicated one that has been altered and extended over many years and with a property of this size and complexity it is important to future plan any building works, including maintenance, repairs and improvements. With your help, we are sure that throughout 2021 we will be able to reach this target and ensure our residents continue to receive the excellent care they require, whilst living in a first-class home that they deserve.

We know times have been hard for everyone and we have really missed seeing our supporters this last year, especially as all our fundraising events were cancelled. We are really looking forward to being able to host events again in 2021 and we have plenty of plans in place and ready to go when it is safe to do so. We appreciate that not everyone can support us financially, but perhaps you could display our promotional leaflets & flyers, follow us, and share our posts on Social Media, promote our planned events throughout the year, share our story, subscribe to our Enewsletter or maybe you could support us with a raffle/auction prize. All these things will help Chaseley greatly – we want our 75th year to be a celebration of what Chaseley has achieved over the years. We have amazing residents who all do amazing things and achieve so much that we want to share their experiences with as many people as possible. Whilst being a relatively large home, Chaseley really is the small charity next door and this is why we appreciate the support we receive from our local community.”

If you would like to donate to Chaseley’s 75th fundraising appeal, please visit their website of click the link: http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Chaseley75thAnniversaryAppeal

If you feel that you could support Chaseley by making them your Charity of the Year or potentially host an event on their behalf, please contact Jodie on 01323 744200 or fundraising@chaseleytrust.org.

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