Rebound Therapy | Reduce Pain & Strengthen Muscles

Rebound Therapy | Reduce Pain & Strengthen Muscles

For James, and many other residents at our care home Bevern View near Lewes, Rebound Therapy is a vital physical therapy which is designed to develop and promote fine motor skills, body awareness and communication.

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Physiotherapist Steve, practices Rebound Therapy with James

Our specialist Physio team work with residents, parents and carers to give person-centred therapy that helps profoundly disabled people improve their balance, coordination and independence. Most of all, Rebound Therapy exercises are fun and bring a huge smile to the faces of all our residents and their families.

Expert Steve Southwell – Physiotherapist supported by Physio Assistants Katy and Alissa work together on a series of programs with Rebound Therapy equipment that benefit all our residents who live with highly complex needs – with ways to reduce pain and strengthen muscles.

The well-being, self-confidence and sense of achievement residents feel, are incredibly relaxing for the people we care for. Because almost all the residents at Bevern View use powered wheelchairs, muscle development and strengthening is an important part of their daily activities. For James, Rebound Therapy techniques to develop eye contact and strengthening of neck muscles can really improve his well-being and quality of life. 

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Steve helps JP with movement and well-being

Bevern Trust among first accredited Industry Champion

‘Industry Champions’ help young people on road to success

BUSINESSES which are helping to boost the career prospects of young people have been recognised at a ceremony in East Sussex.

The event, at County Hall, in Lewes, celebrated the role of the first 27 companies and individuals (including The Bevern Trust) to be accredited under East Sussex County Council’s ‘Industry Champions’ scheme.

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Bevern Trust – Industry Champion, East Sussex County Council

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Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council with Matthew Cornish, The Bevern Trust











The initiative sees businesses offer their time to represent their industry to young people and deliver activities in schools and colleges around the county.

Certificates and a ‘digital badge’ which can be displayed on company website are awarded to businesses which deliver activities on at least three occasions during a year.

These may include giving talks, presentations or workshops, mentoring young people, taking part in careers fairs or options evenings or offering work experience or apprenticeship opportunities.

The scheme is part of the council’s strategy to improve young people’s career prospects through the local employment and skills partnership board ‘Skills East Sussex’, which the council facilitates.

Other Skills East Sussex initiatives have included appointing Enterprise Advisers from local businesses to work with individual schools, and the Open Doors project, which sees students visiting businesses to learn more about the world of work.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council lead member for economy, said: “This is another important step in our drive to build ever stronger links between businesses and schools in the county.

“The more interaction young people have with the world of work, the better chance they have of building a successful future for themselves in their educational and professional careers.

“I was very impressed by the passion, enthusiasm and commitment shown by the Industry Champions, who give up their time to help young people develop their skills and knowledge and to embark upon a bright future.”

Matthew Cornish, Fundraising and Development Manager at The Bevern Trust said: “Our work with schools and young people through the Industry Champion initiative is very important in raising awareness for us as a Sussex disability charity, but also in allowing us to reach out to younger people about the rewarding career paths they could take in adult social care, physiotherapy or fundraising.”

Any businesses interested in working with schools and colleges as an industry champion are asked to contact the council’s enterprise co-ordinators by emailing

A video showing some of the Industry Champions can be viewed at

Spring Fun at Bevern View

Spring Fun is in full bloom at Bevern View

At our home Bevern View, near Lewes we do everything we can to give profoundly disabled people more freedom and opportunity to live their life to the full. Spring is a wonderful time of year for new beginnings and we love to celebrate this at The Bevern Trust.

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Spring fun in full bloom at The Bevern Trust

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Spring fun highlights from Bevern View

From hatching ducklings to Birthdays and snow days to dog visits, we have certainly packed in a fun filled Spring  2018 at Bevern View.

We can only help people with profound disabilities to lead more full and rewarding lives with support from our volunteers and the donations we receive.

With a small monthly gift of just £5, you can help make a life-long difference to people living with profound disabilities in Sussex. Your donation could give the vulnerable people we care for more independence to access their community and help us reach out to some of the most marginalised people in our society, who can’t yet access our care.

Click here to set up a small monthly gift.

Thank you for your support.

Need #MondayMotivation ?

Need some Monday Motivation? Look no further.

It’s Monday, four days until Friday… At our home Bevern View, we don’t get the Monday blues. Our #MondayMotivation comes easily as we help profoundly disabled people to live their lives to the full. Every day of the week is a motivator for our staff and volunteers.

As a Sussex Disability Charity, The Bevern Trust recognises that to give the best care, we need to look after our staff, not just on Mondays, but every day of the year! Feeding all our staff and volunteers 365 days of the year is just one of that ways we do that. Today, Jason is cooking a delicious macaroni cheese for all the residents and staff at Bevern View. #MondayMotivation with positive Monday thoughts.

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The menus at Bevern View are carefully designed by our creative Cook Sue, with the needs and complex dietary requirements of all our residents at its heart.

Meal times are special moments for all of us, but at Bevern View, we take the time to sit and eat together and make sure that we all have the opportunity to catch up, chat about our day and talk to our residents about the afternoon’s activities ahead. Great types of motivation.

 We estimate that each year our cooks and volunteers prepare and serve around 10,000 meals each year!


Like our Facebook Page or email us to find out about the different ways you can help and get involved. To donate, please click here. A small gift of just £5 per month could help us provide all the ingredients for a fun, creative food activity, where our residents can join in, get messy with food and enjoy the sensory stimulation and stress-relieving joy that cooking brings with it.

Thanks so much for your support.

Taking the time out, time just to be still

Time to be still with profoundly disabled people

We organise a varied activity program at Bevern View, based on the interests and needs of the individuals we care for. Our activities could be simply to entertain, to maintain skills, or to encourage independence, offer new experiences and opportunities. By matching activities with unique personalities, we help people learn new skills, supporting our residents in their physical and communication needs, exploring culture, community and religion.

However, we also recognise it is also important to take time out, to be still and have peace. Tim, our activities coordinator pictured on the left below, takes time out with our residents to enjoy some peace, calm and stillness. We all live increasingly busy lives and it is easy to get carried away with the increasing number of things we feel have to do.

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Taking the time out to be still with profoundly disabled people

The profoundly disabled people we care for are just like everyone else, when things get too busy and we have been out and about, rushing around, we all need a quiet 20 minutes or half an hour to take a breather, reflect, taking the time to be still.

Volunteers who help and the funds we raise all have a big impact on the people we care for. Our supporters help us provide the variety of activities, the quiet times, the space for reflection and sometimes, just taking the time to be still. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved and volunteer you can email or call 01273 021241 and you can donate here.

Thanks for your support.

Charity Quiz Night at Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge

Charity Quiz Night in aid of The Bevern Trust returns to Beechwood Hall, Lewes on Friday 23rd February.

Charity Quiz Night Tickets are on sale now for just £6pp which include: a light Ploughman’s supper, bowls of nibbles on your table, a variety of great quiz questions and a cash bar with Harvey’s ale and wine available to purchase. There might even be a traditional pub quiz picture round…

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Charity Quiz Night, Beechwood Hall, Lewes

*We can accommodate teams up to 6 people on one table and you must book in advance.

Venue: Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge Nr. Lewes BN7 3QG

Date: Friday 23rd February 2018

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Raffle Prizes to win!

Bevern Friends are all volunteers who enjoy raising funds for profoundly disabled people at our care home Bevern View in Barcombe.

By joining us at our Charity quiz night  on 23rd February, you will be helping Bevern Friends raise the vital funds needed to allow people with complex needs to live with more freedom and opportunity.

If you’d like to get involved as a Bevern Friend and organise or help at quiz nights, coffee mornings or even plan your own fun events to help raise funds for profoundly disabled people in Sussex, drop us a line on 01273 021241 or email for a chat about how giving a little of your time, can make the biggest difference.

To keep in touch with our events and fundraising activities, remember to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter or email us to ask for occasional news bulletins.


Sussex Gardens Open 2018

Sussex Gardens Open in Barcombe and North Chailey – April, June and July 2018

Explore the fascinating grounds at Banks Farm off Boast Lane in Barcombe on Sunday 8th April. These intriguing private grounds span nine acres and are home to extensive lawns, enchanting woodland, and orchards all set around the lake, teeming with wildlife.

Stunning gardens and a rich tapestry of flowers and herbaceous borders at Holford ManorNorth Chailey are open for two days on Sunday 3rd June* and Sunday 8th July. Here you’ll also find rare sheep grazing in the meadow, resident geese, and in the distance, you might just see the bees working to make honey which will be available to buy.

*On Sunday 3rd June, don’t miss the special Bird of Prey ‘Owl Display’ at Holford Manor from Owls Out and About.

Both Sussex gardens are local treasures that you won’t want to miss and are perfect days out for family and friends. Fresh tea and coffee with homemade delicious cakes will be on sale at both Open Gardens. All profits donated to The Bevern Trust.


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Banks Farm, Barcombe


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Boast Lane, Barcombe BN8 5DY

Date: Sunday 8th April

Open: 11am – 4pm

Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult

Access: At least half of grounds accessible by wheelchair

Note: No dogs, delicious home-made cake and fresh tea on sale

Holford Manor

North Chailey, BN8 4DU

Date: Sunday 3rd June and Sunday 8th July

Open: 11am – 4pm

Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult

Access: Stone and grass paths suitable for wheelchairs

Note: No dogs, home-made cake and fresh tea on sale

Merry Christmas from all at The Bevern Trust

Sussex Disability charity The Bevern Trust, wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas from The Bevern Trust and thank you very much for your continued support this year. However you have been involved, either by volunteering, visiting one of our fabulous Sussex open gardens, buying a raffle ticket or even joining our Santa Run, your support has made a positive difference to the lives of the profoundly disabled people we care for at our home, Bevern View. Thank you.

To the Sussex businesses, community groups, Lions and Rotary, churches and schools who have all helped us throughout the year, we are most grateful, as we really couldn’t raise the funds and increase our awareness without you. Thank you.

We wish all of you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas.

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Our Patron Natasha Kaplinsky with parents of residents from Bevern View at Santa Run 2017.

We still have much more to do…

Next year promises to be even more exciting as The Bevern Trust continues to grow and reach out to more people with profound disabilities and their families in Sussex through our new domiciliary home-care service. But we couldn’t do it without you.

Setting up a monthly gift of just £5 per month is easy, it just takes a few clicks. A regular gift could help us provide more care, freedom and opportunity for people in Sussex, living with highly complex needs. This wonderful way of supporting your local charity can allow people with a profound disability to access hydrotherapy sessions relieving pain and reducing anxiety or pay for days out, like trips to Brighton or Lewes, so residents can participate in their community and play a more active role in society. Thank you for your support.


Remember to Like our Facebook page or Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with our latest news and events coming soon. We’ll keep you posted with all the great stuff coming up, but if you have your own ideas for an event that you would like to organise in aid of us, either at work or at home, then give us a call on 01273 021241 or email and we’ll be on hand to get you started.

Merry Christmas!

Lewes Santa Run Success

Lewes | Santa Run 2017

The Bevern Trust welcomed scores of good girls and boys participating in the first ever Lewes ‘Santa Run’ on Saturday 2nd December to Harvey’s Yard. The fun run kick-started the festive season for the town as ‘Santas’ suited-up for a Yuletide 2km run and walk, setting off from Harvey’s Yard around Malling Brooks in Lewes, raising vital funds for the Sussex disability charity.

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Our Patron Natasha Kaplinsky and CEO Jonathan Spencer with Santas!

Thank you to the 150 participants, supporters and the pupils and teachers from Priory School in Lewes who joined us. Beneficiaries from the charity’s home Bevern View in Barcombe, also took part with family and friends supporting them along the way. The route was fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, so the whole family could take part, even festive dressed dogs! Our thanks also go to Lewes Lions who helped marshal the route.

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Lewes Lions and Marshals – Santa Run 2017

The Charity’s Patron, newsreader and television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky officially started the run, after Group Exercise & Gym Coordinator Debbie McLean from Wave Leisure kindly provided the warm up for all the Santas to get on their way.

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Our Patron Natasha Kaplinsky with parents of residents from Bevern View

At least £1130 has been raised so far from the event to support the charity and its work caring for profoundly disabled people and their families across East Sussex.

All those entering were given their own Santa suits and medal with refreshments and mince pies afterwards provided courtesy of Harvey’s Brewery. The Bevern Trust relies on donations from the public to raise more than £12,000 each month to continue providing its specialist services and opportunities for profoundly disabled people to get more from life.

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Santas in Harvey’s Yard, Lewes

Chief Executive for The Bevern Trust, Jonathan Spencer said “For us to bring the first ever Santa Run to Lewes is very exciting. Not only have we raised vital funds for the profoundly disabled people we care for, but we also hope to have Santa Run as an annual inclusive event that brings the Lewes community together, whilst raising awareness for The Bevern Trust who care for people with highly complex needs in Sussex.”

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Debbie from Wave Leisure, warming up Santas!

Lewes Santa Run 2017 was kindly supported by Lewes District Council and sponsored by Lewes businesses: Harvey’s, HRS Creative and WE Clark & Son, which means all the money raised from runner’s sponsorship goes towards the vital care The Bevern Trust provides.

For more information on The Bevern Trust and how you can get involved like us at or follow us at


Club raises hundreds for disability charity

Exel Club | Present Sussex Charity Gift

A group of retired freight workers from Sussex have helped to raise hundreds of pounds for Sussex Disability Charity, The Bevern Trust.

The Exel Retired Staff Association has more than 60 members in its club across Sussex. The club meets regularly for coach trips and for an annual dinner at the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton.

This year the group also organised a number of events and fundraising activities and raised £440 for The Bevern Trust. The Sussex Disability Charity relies on voluntary gifts like this to allow people with disabilities to live with more freedom and opportunity. The charity needs to raise at least £12,000 each month to continue to care for people with profoundly complex needs in Sussex.

The charity is hoping the money raised from Exel can be match-funded by parent organisation the DHL UK Foundation.

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Exel Gift To The Bevern Trust with CEO Jonathan Spencer from Dorothy and Joan.

Dorothy and Joan (pictured) from the club visited The Bevern Trust last week to present their cheque to the charity’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Spencer. On their visit, Dorothy and Joan were able to see first-hand how their gift will make a positive  difference to vulnerable people and their families.

If you are involved with a group who like to support local charities and would like to fundraise for The Bevern Trust, please call 01273 021241 or email

Click here to set up a regular gift of just £5 per month to help the residents at our home, Bevern View get more from life.

The Bevern Trust is a listed charity: Registered Charity no. 1103520