A Barcombe charity which cares for profoundly disabled young adults hopes a visit by Lewes MP Maria Caulfield will help them raise much needed funds for a new sensory garden.
Bevern View is run by The Bevern Trust and they welcomed Mrs Caulfield last week to raise the profile of the charity which gives 24 hour care to nine disabled residents.
As a former nurse, the new MP said she understood the issues the charity faced and was keen to hear about the invaluable support they offer, in particular the Hydrotherapy pool sessions.
The warm water gives a sense of freedom, relaxation and well being to the people there, but the charity needs £5000 every year to maintain the pool, done solely through fundraising.
Mrs Caulfield said: “The welcome I received was incredibly warm.
“I got a real sense of family and with my nursing experience I can see why the parents and carers need a loving home like this to care for their children and young adults 24 hours a day.
“The Bevern Trust need to raise £5000 each year to fund the pool at Bevern View, directly benefiting residents and respite users with their movement and reducing stress.
“I will certainly be encouraging anyone who wants to support a local charity to get in touch with The Bevern Trust.”
The pool is important for them as it allows freedom of movement and flexibility that would not be possible otherwise as most of the young adults at Bevern View use large wheelchairs or walking frames, but there are other projects the charity needs funds for.
They hope to build a sensory garden and fundraising manager at the trust, Matthew Cornish, hopes the public will help them.
“We need funds for these projects to provide the best quality of life that we can and they really need a space outdoors that they currently do not have,” he said.
Jonathan Spencer, Chief Executive of the trust, believes the MP’s visit will bring greater awareness to the charity and the needs of disabled people who cannot care for themselves.
He said:“We were delighted to welcome Maria to Bevern View.
“It is important for as many people as possible to know about the loving care, opportunity and freedom we provide for profoundly disabled young adults and Maria has,” he said.
To donate or volunteer, visit www.beverntrust.org or call 01273 400752.