A state-of-the-art life skills centre for young adults with disabilities has received a £5,000 boost thanks to a donation from one of Britain’s leading housebuilders.
Nicholas Wrigley, group chairman of Persimmon Homes, made the donation on behalf of the group to East Sussex charity the Chailey Heritage Foundation.
Next month it will open its modern new centre where young adults with complex physical disabilities and health needs can develop skills for life in preparation for adulthood.
In a letter to the fundraising committee, Mr Wrigley said: “We recently completed our major charity giving when we donated a house worth £250,000 and 23 regional charity donations of £6,000, after a process which involved all businesses around the country.
“Nevertheless, I am pleased to enclose a cheque for £5,000 for your excellent cause.”
The charity fund had an initial target of £1.8m to build and equip the Life Skills Centre, which will give young people the facilities and opportunities to further develop skills for living through learning and experience after they have left full-time education.
The centre will offer a range of activities to young disabled adults from the local community and those in residential provision, including access to training and work experience, IT, recreational and leisure pursuits – exercise, cookery, swimming, football, arts and media.
Facilities will include an accessible gym, an ICT suite, arts and crafts room and a café.
Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director of Chailey Heritage Foundation, said: “We are enormously grateful to Persimmon Homes for their generous award of £5,000 towards our appeal. Building work began in February 2012 and thanks to the support of many donors, the Centre is due to open in April 2013.
“We hope to welcome all our donors at an official opening ceremony later this year when they will be able to see the Life Skills Centre in operation.”
Charity Principal Sylvia Lamb said: “We’ve listened to young adults who have told us, for example, that they’d like to be able to get out of their wheelchair for a massage, so this is one of the many things we are making possible.”
For more information about Chailey Heritage Foundation and its fundraising visit the website at www.chs.org.uk
For more information about Persimmon Homes go to www.persimmonhomes.com