Chailey Heritage Foundation was established by a very determined young lady, Dame Grace Kimmins. In 1903 she took over a derelict former parish workhouse in rural East Sussex. Bringing with her 7 disabled children from East London to their 'place in the country', where they could be cared for, medically treated and educated in what became the first purpose-built school for children with disabilities in this country.
Today we have a national reputation for our work around communication and developing independence through powered mobility. Every year we support hundreds of children, young people and their families, by providing a range of world-class services, especially catering for those with a neurological motor impairment, such as cerebral palsy.
Our aim is to provide a stimulating and inclusive environment where all young people are given every opportunity to make progress towards fulfilment and develop life skills in preparation for adulthood.
The charity encompasses Chailey Heritage School, Chailey Heritage Residential, Chailey Heritage Futures and Chailey Heritage Pathways.
Our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, offers truly valued support to the work that we do.
Chailey Heritage Foundation is extremely fortunate to have a specialist clinical team on site to oversee the clinical needs of the young people in our care.