Persimmon's donation to state-of-the-art life centre
11 March 2013
A state-of-the-art life skills centre for young adults with disabilities has received a £5,000 boost thanks to a donation from Persimmon Homes.Nicholas Wrigley, group chairman of Persimmon Homes, made the donation on behalf of the group to East Sussex charity the Chailey Heritage Foundation, which next month 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 & work experience, IT, recreational & leisure pursuits – exercise, cookery, swimming, football, arts & media. Facilities will include an accessible gym, an ICT suite, arts & 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.”
For more information about Chailey Heritage Foundation and their fundraising campaign, visit their website at www.chs.org.uk