The Chaseley Trust’s Well-Being Team have been shortlisted as finalists for this year’s National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) Member Awards.

The team were nominated for the Best Activity Team award by a colleague, on behalf of some of their residents who wanted to thank them for what they do, and how they have helped residents, especially over the last year. There will be an Awards Ceremony taking place virtually on October 1st and the winners will be announced then.

Emma, CEO tells us that “we are all extremely delighted and proud of the nomination, it shows the commitment the team have to ensure the mental well-being of all our residents. It was such a great surprise for them, as they were unaware of the nomination and only discovered about it when NAPA announced the annual award shortlists.”

The Best Activity Team category focuses on a team’s commitment to activity provision, whilst being open and innovative in their approach. It asked for nominations for teams who have demonstrated excellent teamwork to deliver the best outcomes for the people they support.

Teresa, Well-Being Co-ordinator tells us “The wellbeing team are a crucial part of the service delivered here at The Chaseley Trust. The home was opened for disabled servicemen during WW2 and the ethos of caring and fun is still the same to this day. Activities range from art, cooking, woodwork, singing, gardening, woodwork , through to 1 to 1 time with individual residents or just holding a hand. Our team are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to support our residents to ensure they have the most enjoyable time in their home at Chaseley. Being shortlisted for this award is testament to the hard work and passion the team share. As the Well-Being Team Co-ordinator, I am immensely proud of my team and the work they do to ensure the well-being of our residents is met every day”.

The Chaseley Trust turns 75 this year and as part of their anniversary plans, they launched a £375,000 fundraising appeal to modernise, update and refresh Chaseley. 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 Ludwig Guttmann to care for soldiers returning from the Second World War with spinal injuries.

Today, The Chaseley Trust team delivers first-class long and short-term nursing, respite care and rehabilitation to approximately 150 residents with complex disabilities, who, without intervention, face a deterioration in their condition. Residents come from all parts of the UK to stay at their 55-bed home, because of their specialism in caring for people with a brain or spinal cord injury and other neurological disabilities. Their multi-disciplinary approach to care and rehabilitation includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, alongside 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 75 years ago, to enable people with disabilities to lead a full and active life in spite of their disabilities.

Chaseley is an independent, charity owned nursing home and their 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 their beautiful building, upgrading their equipment, and to provide the extra social and recreational activities and services that enhance the comfort and well-being of their residents, which is why they rely on donations and fundraising.

For further information on the charity contact: Jodie Cornford, Fundraising Manager jodiec@chaseleytrust.org Tel: 01323 744200