2nd September

A Trust has awarded a centre for children and young people with disabilities with an incredible £10,500.

The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust awarded the £10,500 grant to Guild Care’s Ashdown Centre, to help fund the various clubs and outings the service runs.

The Trust’s founder and namesake, Ernest, had a passion for the encouragement of youth enterprise and outdoor activity. This funding will mean that children and young people with learning disabilities and additional needs can continue to attend the Ashdown Centre, as well enjoy outings and trips, like swimming, bowling and Tilgate Park.

Charlotte Brackley, Ashdown Manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this award for funding from the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust. We are continuously working to seek sources of funding, to be able to fulfil our full potential. Any grants make a huge difference to the benefits we can offer the families we support, and the range of activities and experiences we can offer them.”

Ashdown supports children and young people with a wide range of needs, such as physical, developmental, educational, sensory, behavioural or psychological - including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and ADHD, helping them increase in self-esteem, well-being, friendships and peer support. All of which can have a positive impact on physical and mental health.

Additionally, the centre supports siblings, offering sessions in the school holidays to the siblings of the disabled children who are already using their Ashdown Centre services, enabling the children to meet others in the same situation as themselves, have fun and relax.

For more information on Guild Care’s Ashdown Centre, visit its page.