We are delighted to have awarded The Chaseley Trust a grant of £12,500 to deliver social and recreational activities for disabled members of the Army family in East Sussex.

The Chaseley Trust was established in 1945 by Dr Luttwig Guttman as a home for ex-servicemen with spinal injuries. Dr Guttman believed that injured soldiers should not be defined by their disabilities and deserved to live a full and active life. He would go on to establish the Stoke Mandeville Games (later the Paralympic Games) to showcase feats of athleticism that prove disability is no barrier to achievement.

Today, The Chaseley Trust supports people with spinal injuries, acquired brain injuries, loss of limbs and progressive conditions through the provision of short- and long-term care at their home in Eastbourne, East Sussex. There they offer a full suite of support including nursing care, therapy, rehabilitation and respite holidays designed to enhance the development, independence and wellbeing of those who use their services.

Our grant will support The Chaseley Trust to meet the needs of disabled veterans and other members of the Army family. This will enable the Trust to go on providing their outstanding care and rehabilitation services and work towards ensuring that those in their care can enjoy lives of greater independence and dignity.  

Sue Turner, Chief Executive Officer at The Chaseley Trust, says: “As a Charity we rely on grants and donations to deliver the programmes for which we receive no Local Authority or Government funding and are very grateful to The Soldiers’ Charity for their generosity in supporting our Activities programme helping to enrich the lives of the veterans in our care.”

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, adds: “We are delighted to support The Chaseley Trust, a wonderful charity with a long, proud history of caring for disabled members of our Army family. The team provides a stellar service for our ex-servicemen and women and we look forward to seeing that continue for many years to come.”