Chalk Farm Hotel and Learning Disabilities Centre in Willingdon is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2024.

To mark the birthday, the charity has launched a fundraising drive to raise £30,000.

And it’s inviting the public and businesses to reach out and take part in the campaign.

A spokesperson said: “Primarily, Chalk Farm LDC provides adults with learning disabilities and/or autism the opportunity to train and gain experience in hospitality or horticulture – or indeed both.

“We have up to 40 students who attend weekly from as far afield as Brighton because there are very few places in Sussex that can offer what we do.

“The aim is to give them the necessary skills to secure employment. Some are paid here to work weekends; others have moved on to local hotels, garden centres and more.

“Those studying horticulture grow fruit and veg in our student-made allotment, which we then sell at our various events. They also learn about wildlife, the environment and make our gardens guest-ready!”

Chalk Farm is also a popular hotel with an amazing setting so close to the Downs. It hosts weddings, parties and wakes, and is also available for lunches and coffee.

“We are very busy with weddings, which is a great boost to the charity, and we are available for any function. All enquiries are welcome.

“All we ask is that if you are coming for coffee or lunch, if possible please phone us before you set off, just in case we have a large function going on.

“We also welcome any groups that need somewhere to meet on a regular basis. For example, we host the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM every Friday at 7am – and that can be for up to 35 people, and growing.”

Chalk Farm is an old grade 2 listed building in regular need of repair. That’s why the £30,000 Appeal is so important.

“The money raised will basically go on a bit of everything – the students and their training, maintenance of the hotel itself, and also our wonderful gardens. 

“And people donating by JustGiving can actually choose where they want their money to go. We think that is very important.”

So, why support Chalk Farm?

“Because we have been providing an invaluable service for 30 years supporting adults with learning disabilities. They are just great, they love it here, and we love supporting them!

“We want to thrive for another 30 years – and beyond. Please donate, or reach out and speak with us.

“We are a small charity doing incredible things for incredible people. We do care, and we would love to hear from people.”

To donate, go to  https://justgiving.com/campaign/chalkfarmldc-30k

Call 01323 503800.