Local Sussex charity, Chailey Heritage Foundation started the process of making dreams come true with a groundbreaking ceremony this week, marking the beginning of the build of their D.R.E.A.M. Centre, a state of the art activity centre where children and young people with complex disabilities will be able to take part in sports and drama as well as hold performances for their family and friends.
Guests from the first major trusts and foundations who helped kick-start the project in 2016 when the Charity launched its £3.1 million fundraising initiative, were invited to accompany Trustees, team members and children from Chailey Heritage Foundation to mark the occasion.
The building project, which is being undertaken by local building contractor, Sunninghill, has been years in the planning and one which those at Chailey Heritage have been excitedly awaiting to happen.
The D.R.E.A.M (dynamic, real, experiential, amazing, magical) Centre will be a modern, purpose built space, large enough for children and young people with complex disabilities to participate in a mixture of arts and physical activities. Wheelchair football, power chair driving, trampolining, drama and dance will all be on offer alongside the sensory four dimensional experience. This multi-media experience will allow children to be ‘transported’ to different countries and experience the sights and sounds from around the world.
Sally-Anne Murray, Director of Development for Chailey Heritage Foundation comments, “This is such an exciting time for us at Chailey Heritage and one we have been looking forward to for more than three years. Without the amazing support of trusts, foundations, local businesses and of course the local community, we would never have been able to raise the £ 2.9 million needed so far to start this process.
“We are not quite there yet and we are appealing to the local community to help us raise the final £200,000 needed to fit out and equip the new Centre with the amazing, high-tech equipment these young people need to get the most out of life. With the support of a generous donor, we are matching every donation received pound for pound for this final push to our end goal of £3.1m.”
The dream will become a reality in the Summer of 2019 when the D.R.E.A.M. Centre will be complete. To donate further please visit https://www.chf.org.uk/dreamcentre.html