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 EnterpriseCoordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk.

A video showing some of the Industry Champions can be viewed at https://youtu.be/mF_H8ZvNMwU


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.


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 info@beverntrust.org 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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Banks Farm

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 info@beverntrust.org 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 www.Facebook.com/thebeverntrust or follow us at www.twitter.com/thebeverntrust

 


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 info@beverntrust.org.uk.

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


Charity Christmas Cards on Sale

Charity Christmas Cards on sale | in aid of The Bevern Trust

Our new Christmas cards have been lovingly designed by the residents of our home, Bevern View.

This year we have a range of fantastic Charity Christmas cards on sale for just £6 per pack. At least £4 from the sale of a pack of 8 cards will be donated to The Bevern Trust.

Packs of Charity Christmas cards 2017 with two of each of the four designs below are on sale now in reception at our home Bevern View in Barcombe.

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Charity Christmas cards on sale

Your support will help to raise vital funds for people with profound disabilities. Each month The Bevern Trust  must raise at least £12,000 to allow people with complex needs to live with more freedom and opportunity.

Art, music and cooking at Bevern View are all sensory therapies that can improve motor skills, aid communication and help relieve pain. Your purchase of our Christmas cards can help us purchase more paints, and art materials that can give people with profound disabilities the opportunity to live life to the full.

Thanks to Tim, our Activities Coordinator for designing the Christmas cards together with our residents at Bevern View.

Our residents need care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Christmas. Our staff and volunteers work around the clock to provide care to the most vulnerable people in our community and so it is only with the support from local people, businesses and schools that we can continue to change the lives of people who live with the most complex needs.

If you’re looking for other ways to get involved this Christmas with local charity organizations, then join us on the Santa Run in Lewes on the 2nd December! For more details on the 2km fun run, click here.


October Charity Fair Success

East Sussex Fundraising Committee | October Charity Fair

East Sussex Fundraising Committee welcomed hundreds of people through the door at Ardingly Show Ground for the Charity Fair on the 10th October to help raise thousands for The Bevern Trust.

Stall holders from across the country were selling the most beautiful items, from scarves, to woollens, jewellery to perfume, many of which can’t be found on the high street. The home-made cakes and produce on sale were a huge success and very few visitors went home empty handed from the fair.

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October Charity Gift Fair 2017

Entry fees, donations and contributions from stall holder sales helped the committee raise just over £10,500 for The Bevern Trust which was an incredible achievement. All the funds raised, directly help provide round the clock care, more freedom and opportunities for profoundly disabled people at the Trusts home ‘Bevern View’ in Barcombe.

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Charity Gift Fair October 2017

We are very grateful to everyone in the East Sussex Fundraising Committee – all of whom are volunteers, who worked tirelessly to make this event such a success. Thank you to everyone who visited, that made purchases and to Sally from The Bevern Friends for taking the time to staff our charity table.

The date for next year’s charity fair at Ardingly in aid of The Bevern Trust, is Tuesday 16th October 2018. Save the date!

Natasha Kaplinsky Launches Santa Run Lewes

Lewes Santa Run Launches With Natasha Kaplinsky

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.

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Natasha Kaplinsky Launches Santa Run Lewes

Registration is now open for Santa’s to sign up at www.beverntrust.org/santarun, which starts and finishes at Harvey’s Yard, Lewes to support the charity’s work caring for profoundly disabled people and their families across East Sussex.

You can join this festive family fun run from just £10 per child, £20 per adult and under 5s are FREE!

 

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.