Chailey Heritage Foundation has launched The D.R.E.A.M. Centre Appeal to raise the funds to build a modern and vibrant indoor activity space where children and young people with complex disabilities and health needs can participate in a mixture of arts and physical activities.
The centre will have a League-recognised sports court for wheelchair football and powered wheelchair driving, a raised stage for drama and dance, a built in trampoline for rebound therapy, a space dedicated to celebrations and awards, as well as a leading-edge 4 dimensional immersive sensory learning environment.
The Dream Centre will give disabled children a new way to explore the world where they can participate in an amazing range of different activities that many will experience for the first time.
Since 1903 Chailey Heritage Foundation has given children and young people, with complex disabilities and health needs, the chance to lead healthy, safe and happy lives.
During that time, we have developed a world class range of specialist services that are necessary to meet the needs of these young people.
We are experts in maximising independence and choice, developing effective communication and providing powered mobility opportunities.
Every year we work with hundreds of young people and their families, empowering them to pursue their potential, no matter what challenges they face.
Our mission is to give disabled children and young people every opportunity to pursue their fullest potential.
Wilson, who is 6 and lives in Brighton, is a pupil at Chailey Heritage School. He is a very energetic and happy young boy with an infectious giggle who enjoys listening to pop music and singing.
Wilson has Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, dystonia and hypotonia causing strong muscle spasms in his arms and legs and he is registered blind. Daily medication is part of Wilson’s life. He needs it to improve his muscle tone, help him to sleep and to control his epilepsy.
Wilson uses sounds and body language to express himself and can now respond to questions about whether he is hungry, needs a drink or is uncomfortable. When he is very pleased, a clear “YEAH!” makes everyone smile.
Wilson mainly relies on his wheelchair to get around and, with the help of specialist therapists and teaching staff, he is exploring switches for powered wheelchair driving. Physical skills are important to Wilson and he enjoys his hippotherapy riding sessions and spending time cycling on his special trike. He has also made great progress using his new walker; his beaming smile made his parents so proud when he walked down the aisle at their wedding.
The D.R.E.A.M. Centre can’t come soon enough for young people like Wilson, who will benefit hugely from the activities and experiences in it.
We will never ever give up working with children, young people and their families to empower them to make their own choices at every stage in life.