Help Dreams Come True for Sussex Children with Disabilities

Chailey Heritage Foundation have launched their Appeal to fund The D.R.E.A.M Centre, a state of the art building where disabled children can enjoy sports, drama and an immersive 4D experience which will whisk them ‘around the World’.  The Sussex charity is asking the public and local businesses to support the appeal by donating, to help make dreams come true for children living with disabilities.

DREAM Centre Chailey Heriateg Foundation in SussexThe D.R.E.A.M (dynamic, real, experiential, amazing, magical) Centre will be a modern, purpose built space, large enough for children and young people with complex disabilities to participate in a mixture of arts and physical activities. Wheelchair football, power chair driving, trampolining, drama, soft play and dance will all be on offer alongside the sensory four dimensional experience. This multi-media experience will allow children to be ‘transported’ to different countries and experience the sights and sounds from around the world.

Samantha Bellamy from Crowborough, has a teenage son Max who is a pupil at Chailey Heritage School:

Max is very energetic, loves to be busy and he needs space to move around freely and explore.  The new DREAM Centre is the perfect addition to Chailey Heritage’s facilities for Max.  It will give him so many more opportunities to be active, especially in the winter, which will help his fitness and health enormously.

Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of Chailey Heritage Foundation said:

The D.R.E.A.M Centre is going to make such a difference to the children’s lives. We’re grateful for any donation, big or small, so if you can help us, please visit our website.  The sooner we reach our fundraising target, the sooner we can turn our plans into reality.  It’s ambitious, but with public support we know we can create a magical place.

Launch of Chailey Heritage DREAM Centre at the Sealife Centre in BrightonThe D.R.E.A.M Centre Appeal was launched on 17th November at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton.   Chailey Heritage Foundation is hoping to raise £2.6 million to fund the project.  The launch, which was sponsored by several local businesses, was attended by organisations and individuals keen to support the charity.  Major donor, St James’s Place Foundation, was represented by Alison Wright, Senior Partner, who talked about why they have supported the project.  Jadey Yesilada, former Chailey Heritage School pupil, now Wheelchair Football coach at Brighton and Hove Albion, along with Lee Gregory, National Sporting Club, spoke from the heart about how the new space will enable more young people with disabilities to benefit from wheelchair football and other sports.

There are many ways to get involved and support The D.R.E.A.M. Centre. To find out more or to donate, please visit www.chf.org.uk/dreamcentre  or contact Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director on 01825 724752.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a Sussex based charity which educates and cares for children and young people with complex disabilities and high health needs.  For further information about the charity please visit www.chf.org.uk.

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