Chailey Heritage Foundation fundraising for new playground

The pioneering charity, whose mission is to give disabled children and young adults every opportunity to pursue their fullest potential, has started a new fundraising campaign.

They are aiming to build a 21st Century outdoor learning space.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is an annual match funding project, with an aim to reach £12,000 of donations by midday on Tuesday 8 December.

If that target is achieved, The Big Give will double the figure enabling the playground to be created.

Headteacher, Simon Yates, said the playground will make a huge difference to the pupils’ lives, “Everyone is facing challenges with Covid 19 and this project will allow our pupils to both learn and play in a safe outdoor environment.

It will also give easy access for wheelchairs from the classrooms straight into the playground and provide lots of learning opportunities in the fresh air.”

The aim is to transform the outside area into an interactive multisensory space with features including raised flower beds, a bridge, sensory activities and improved wheelchair access from the classrooms to the play area.

Designs for the new garden area planned at Chailey Heritage in North Chailey.

Jenna Durdle, Fundraising Manager, added, “Every donation really does count! With all donations being doubled between midday on December 1 and midday on December 8, it’s a great way to make your support go even further. We know 2020 has been a challenging year, but we remain truly grateful for whatever our supporters can contribute.”

Donations made as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge are matched due to generosity of Big Give Champions, which include three businesses from Uckfield.

The supporters are The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, along with pledgers Buxted Construction, PGL Building & Scaffolding, CJ Thorne, Sunninghill Construction and Adavirtual.

Donate online here by midday on Tuesday 8 December to help them reach their goal.