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Grace Kimmins and Her Chailey Heritage Book

22 April 2022

We have a rich history here at Chailey Heritage Foundation. Known early on as 'The Heritage Craft Schools and Hospitals for Crippled Children', the charity began in 1903, thanks to a woman called Grace Kimmins who was passionate about helping children with disabilities.

She took over a derelict former parish workhouse in rural East Sussex and brought 7 disabled children from East London to their 'place in the country'. Here they could be cared for, medically treated and educated in what became the first purpose-built school for children with disabilities in this country.

Ros Black has written the insightful biography: 'Grace Kimmins and her Chailey Heritage' which is on sale at Chailey Heritage Foundation reception and can be purchased for £10. Why not pick up a copy? All proceeds are donated to us to help fund our work 💜

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