Paralympian, House of Lords Peer, broadcaster and mother, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE shared the secret of her success this week with a visit to the children and young people at Chailey Heritage, a charity that educates and cares for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities and health needs.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE played table cricket with the Seymour pupils, watched a session of wheelchair dancing and held a Q&A session with the pupils at the top of the school. She also had a tour of the gym for young adults. She was particularly interested to hear about the Charity’s plans for its new D.R.E.A.M. (dynamic, real, experiential, amazing, magical) Centre. A modern, purpose built space, large enough for the children and young people at the Charity to participate in a mixture of physical activities and arts.
Having raised £1.8m so far, the Charity is now looking to raise the final £800,000 to build the Centre. “I think the big thing for me that the visit has highlighted is what the children and young people can do with individualised support. When someone has complex needs that individual support is massive – whether it’s teaching someone to move a finger, driving a wheelchair or being more independent. It’s been really inspirational and lovely to see how much the young people enjoy being here.”
Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of Chailey Heritage Foundation comments, “It was a privilege to have Baroness Grey-Thompson visit us at Chailey Heritage. What a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day with such an inspirational woman sharing her experiences with the children, young adults and rest of the team here.”
For further information about how you can support the D.R.E.A.M. Centre appeal, please contact Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director on 01825 724752 or visit www.chf.org.uk/dreamcentre for more information.