A POPULAR Eastbourne charity will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year.

On Tuesday 24th September 1946 Chaseley’s Charity Deed was sealed, following the generous donation of the Chaseley house and £50,000 from Lady Michaelis a year prior, enabling Chaseley to become a hospital for paralysed servicemen.

Chaseley was officially opened one month later, on Monday 28th October.

Over the past 75 years Chaseley’s services have developed greatly, leading it to become a unique charity nursing home that provides specialised nursing care and rehabilitation for adults with severe physical disabilities, regardless of military background.

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.

Throughout 2021 Chaseley is looking to celebrate this milestone through a variety of events and storytelling across their Social Media and website, whilst also looking at raising funds for their 75th Anniversary fundraising appeal.

If you have any ideas of ways Chaseley could celebrate, or you have stories of Chaseley that you could share then please get in touch, alternatively if you would like to support Chaseley by hosting a fundraising event or making them your Charity of the Year please contact their Fundraising Manager 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 despite 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