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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Holford Manor, North Chailey

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

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.

Hurst College A* Garden Makeover

Hurst College A* Garden Makeover gets top marks!

Students from Hurstpierpoint College spent the day in The Bevern Trust garden on the 23rd June, ‘digging for disability’.

The team from Hurst College spent Friday 23rd June tidying up the grounds at Sussex disability charity The Bevern Trust, making the gardens look great in time for summer. Students worked incredibly hard throughout the day, transforming the borders, getting rid of the weeds and giving the outside spaces some real TLC.

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Hurst College Digging for Disability

Many of the students also spent time in the afternoon with residents at Bevern View, joining in with activities, reading stories and getting involved.

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Hurst College Students at The Bevern Trust

Residents at our home Bevern View love to have visitors and all the students from Hurst were so enthusiastic, friendly and so positive about helping in the garden or getting involved in activities.

Our thanks go to everyone from Hurst College for their time and to the Teachers and coordinators for making it possible… We look forward to seeing you again next year!

If your school has the opportunity to get involved with local charities like The Bevern Trust, we would love to hear from you. You can come and get involved at our home, volunteer or come for work experience, or we can come to you and hold an assembly in your school that inspires your fellow students and gets everyone talking about disability in an engaging inclusive way. Call 01273 021241 or email for more information.

Lewes Lions’ Fundraising Joy

Lewes Lions present fundraising cheque for £1500 to The Bevern Trust

The Lewes Lions have set the bar high with a number of fundraising events to present a wonderful donation of £1500 for The Bevern Trust. On 8th June, Lions Sid Decaix, Ann and Alan Dunn (pictured below with Chief Executive Jonathan Spencer) visited the Sussex Disability Charity in Barcombe to see exactly how their gift will make a difference to the lives of profoundly disabled people living at Bevern View.

Working with community groups like Lions Clubs is very important to us as a local disability charity and it was great to welcome Lewes Lions to Bevern View to see how their fundraising helps to change the lives of vulnerable people.

If you know of any community groups in Sussex that would like to get involved and support a Sussex Disability Charity, we would love to work with them. We can come and talk to the group and deliver an inspiring presentation about the care we provide to vulnerable people in Sussex.

Email or call 01273 021241


Appeal for gardeners to help Sussex disability charity

Appeal from Sussex Disability Charity's Chief Executive for volunteer gardeners

As the Chief Executive of The Bevern Trust and an avid gardener myself, I get to see first hand how a lovely looking and well-maintained garden brings so much happiness to the people with profound disabilities who we care for. 

However, I need your help. Two of the regular gardeners who were originally volunteering to look after the garden at our home Bevern View in Barcombe, are no longer able to come and help and so the weeds are starting to creep up again and the bushes are overgrown. I need someone who can spare a couple of hours each week to volunteer and help us keep on top of things in the garden.

We have two adjacent sites at our home in Barcombe where the grass needs cutting, the flower beds and the borders really need some TLC. We can provide some basic tools and materials as needed.

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The surroundings are so important to the people who live at Bevern View and their families, so if you can share my appeal with any fellow gardeners that would like to come and help make a difference at their Sussex disability charity, I would love to hear from them.

Volunteer gardeners* can call me directly on 01273 021240 and we can arrange to meet here and I'll show you around the grounds at Bevern View.

With thanks,

Jonathan Spencer, Chief Executive

The Bevern Trust

*Subject to enhanced DBS check and two references.


Spring Newsletter 2017

Spring Newsletter 2017 from The Bevern Trust

"In this edition of our Spring Newsletter 2017 from The Bevern Trust, we feature the importance of diet and nutrition for people with profound disabilities, we highlight two beautiful open gardens this Spring and offer many ways of getting involved and supporting us this year."

Thank you to everyone for giving their time by volunteering, donating and helping to tell our story.

Click to read our latest: Newsletter 2017

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Spring Newsletter 2017


The Bevern Trust, a Sussex Disability Charity must raise at least £10,000 each month. To donate click here.

Lewes Lions Club It’s a Knockout 2017

Lewes and local Lions Clubs ‘It’s a Knockout’ March 2017

Thank you to Lewes Lions for hosting us at their 2017 ‘It’s a Knockout’ event at Longhill High School in Rottingdean this month. Your support is very much appreciated in making events like this fully accessible for people with profound disabilities.

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Bevern Residents @ Lewes Lions ‘It’s a Knockout’, March 2017

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James and Sandra from The Bevern Trust at ‘It’s a Knockout’ with Lions Club.

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Party time at ‘It’s a Knockout’ with Lewes Lions.


Thank you to all the Lions involved in the organisation of this wonderful event and for your ongoing support. Our residents had a fantastic time and we look forward to joining you again next year. Thank you Lions!

Charity Golf Day at The Dyke, Brighton

Charity Golf Day at The Dyke Golf Club, Brighton

Fresh bacon rolls and coffee, 18 holes of fabulous golf from 10am, followed by a hearty dinner and great charity raffle in the beautiful surroundings of The Dyke Golf Course, Brighton. What a great way to support Sussex Disability Charity, The Bevern Trust!

[gdlr_quote align=”center” ]Don’t miss out, book your place today for just £49pp – Click Here[/gdlr_quote]

Venue: Dyke Golf Club, Devil’s Dyke, Devil’s Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 8YJ

Date: Friday 2nd June, 2017

Arrival Time: 9am

Bacon Rolls & Coffee, 18 Holes of Golf (10am) and 1 Course Dinner* included.

*We will be sending out meal choice forms by email in May.

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Charity Golf Day, The Dyke, Brighton.

Supporting our events like the Golf Day can allow us to give people at Bevern View with profound disabilities the life experiences and everyday joys like music and art, or a visit to see a film at the cinema, which many of us might take for granted. Your support will help us to continue to keep everyone’s individual choices and interests at the heart of their activities at our care home, Bevern View in Barcombe, East Sussex.

The Dyke golf course was created in 1906 and is perched at 650 feet, high on the Sussex Downs, now part of the South Downs National Park. Overlooking Brighton, there are spectacular views out across the English Channel towards the Isle of Wight, with the rolling hills of the South Downs stretching for many miles.

Terms & Conditions:

Your place at the Bevern Trust Charity Golf Day will be confirmed by paying the non-refundable ticket fee of £49.00. If you wish to transfer your place to someone else, you must email the details of the person taking your place before Friday 19th May to At least £10 of the ticket price will be donated to The Bevern Trust. The Bevern Trust is not held responsible for the catering or venue access. Competent golfers are welcome and must abide by local club rules, dress code and golfing etiquette. See more details here  or call the club directly on 01273 857296. The Dyke Golf Club allow players on the course at their discretion and their decision is final.

Healthy Diet for people with PMLD

Healthy Diet for people with PMLD

At The Bevern Trust, the people we care for have very specific dietary requirements, so all our meals are home-made, nutritious and lovingly prepared from scratch. We work closely with parents and carers to make sure we avoid foods that might cause allergies, or for people that are gluten or lactose intolerant that the meals we create are delicious and healthy, 365 days a year.

[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ icon=”icon-heart” font_weight=”bold” ]Sue, Diane and Jo served up more than 10,000 meals in 2016[/gdlr_heading] [gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ size=”40px” color=”#ffffff” background=”#91d549″ ]Kitchen at the heart of Bevern View[/gdlr_heading]
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Sue preparing healthy meals for people with PMLD

Sue (above) and Diane are our wonderful cooks and supported by Jo who volunteers with them in the kitchen at our home Bevern View, create delicious meals for people who have the most complex needs. They work hard to make sure all our residents and respite visitors are served meals that are carefully matched to their care plans, meals that they love and that they will be able to digest easily.

[gdlr_quote align=”center” ]As a Sussex disability charity, we need more volunteers to help in the kitchen, or drive the minibus and help change the lives of profoundly disabled people. Click here to drop us an email and see how you can help![/gdlr_quote]

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) are more likely to have nutritionally related health problems than the general population. Issues relating to body weight and nutritional status are often caused by health conditions such as swallowing difficulties, gastro-oesophageal reflux, diabetes, constipation and poor oral health. Source: