Welcome to the latest edition of The Bevern Trust Summer Newsletter 2018
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.
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.
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.
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 EnterpriseCoordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk.
A video showing some of the Industry Champions can be viewed at https://youtu.be/mF_H8ZvNMwU
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.
Thank you for your support.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 01273 021241 and you can donate here.
Thanks for your support.
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…
*We can accommodate teams up to 6 people on one table and you must book in advance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat about how giving a little of your time, can make the biggest difference.
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.
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 email@example.com and we’ll be on hand to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Television Presenter, Newsreader and Strictly Come Dancing Winner Natasha Kaplinsky launches Santa Run Lewes for The Bevern Trust!
Natasha launched Lewes’ first ever ‘Santa Run’ with our sponsors on Monday this week, which is coming to Malling Brooks recreation ground on Saturday 2nd December.
Natasha, Patron of The Bevern Trust is also joining the family friendly 2km fun run which kick-starts the festive season for the town. Hundreds of ‘Santa’s’ are needed to sign-up and suit-up for the yuletide run, walk or wheelchair-push, which hopes to raise at least £5000 for the Sussex disability charity.
Natasha Kaplinsky said “I can’t wait to see all the Santa’s running around Lewes on the 2nd December and I’m delighted to be supporting a local charity that is doing so much for the local community, not only with the Santa Run, but also to support their work with profoundly disabled people at their care home, Bevern View in Barcombe. We want to see a really fun-filled event to get the festivities off to a wonderful start in Lewes, so book now as places are limited; run, walk or dance round and help make our first ever Santa Run an unforgettable day!”
All those entering will be given their very own Santa suits and medal with refreshments afterwards provided courtesy of Harvey’s Brewery.
Jonathan Spencer, Chief Executive at the Bevern Trust said: “The people The Bevern Trust care for at our home Bevern View require specialist support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The fundraising and sponsorship people raise from our events like the Santa Run, are absolutely vital for us to provide the support our residents need, so join us and help make this an extra special Christmas for profoundly disabled people in Sussex. We’re so very grateful to Natasha Kaplinsky family for such fantastic support and to the sponsors for helping to raise the profile of the Santa Run, we couldn’t do it without them.”
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.
The Santa Run 2 km is kindly sponsored by Lewes businesses: Harvey’s, HRS Creative and WE Clark & Son, which means all the money raised from runner’s sponsorship can go towards the vital care The Bevern Trust provides.
The route is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, so the whole family can take part – even well-behaved dogs on a lead!
Entry is just £10 for under 16s, £20 per adult and under 5s are free. Your Santa suit, medal and refreshments from Harvey’s are all included. Although under 5s are free, they cannot be given a Santa suit due to size limitations, but they will have their own Santa Hat and medal and still must register in advance.
We ho-ho-hope to see you there!
To sign up today, visit www.beverntrust.org/santarun. Don’t miss out, places will go quickly.