Charity in Chailey receives £100,000 donation

Presentation of giant cheques to six local charities at Chailey Heritage.''Recipients with Michael Strode, founder of Leyden House Trust
Presentation of giant cheques to six local charities at Chailey Heritage.''Recipients with Michael Strode, founder of Leyden House Trust
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Chailey Heritage Foundation, which educates and cares for children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs, has been presented with £100,000.

The money is part of the proceeds of a property sale and five other local charities have also benefitted.

A Sussex care home charity, The Leyden House Trust, closed several years ago. The charity’s property has recently been sold and the Trustees of Leyden House decided to share £530,000 in proceeds with deserving organisations.

A special presentation event, hosted by Chailey’s new Future Life Skills Centre, brought together representatives from all six beneficiaries and the Trustees of Leyden House – with which Chailey had a long association.

The cheque for £100,000 was handed over to Chailey Heritage Foundation and provides an amazing finish to a major fundraising campaign to build, equip and open the Life Skills Centre.

The £3.1m state-of-the-art facility, officially opened by The Duchess of Cornwall in June, offers a range of leisure and life skills activities not readily available to young adults with physical disabilities in the community.

Chailey’s Fundraising Director, Sally-Anne Murray, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded such a substantial donation by The Leyden House Trust. This has not only helped us to complete our Life Skills Centre Appeal but also enables us to buy essential equipment that will help disabled adults to develop independence skills and aid communication and mobility.”

The other local charities in receipt of Leyden House donations were Sussex Community Foundation, FitzRoy, Chestnut Tree House, Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre and Headway Hurstwood Park.

Sussex Community Foundation was awarded £130,000, most of which will attract 50 per cent fund-matching. It raises raise funds for and make grants to local charities and, since 2006, has shared £5 million between more than 1,500 charities and community groups. Most of its grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 and make a big difference to recipient organisations.

Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre received £50,000. It is based on the site of Chailey Heritage Foundation in North Chailey, but exists as a separate charity.

The President of Chailey Heritage Foundation, Verena Hanbury, summed up the occasion: “This is such a special day, particularly as the work of Leyden House began here at Chailey Heritage. Thanks to the legacy of Leyden House, we are able to continue to achieve similar aims, recognising a need and working to fulfil it.”