Welcome to the latest edition of The Bevern Trust Summer Newsletter 2018
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.
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.
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.
QUALITY: Compromising on price doesn’t work. Most problems in domiciliary care come from not paying enough and having lower standards. We always pay staff above Living Wage Foundation rates, giving the highest standards of care.
ETHICS: We are not out to make a profit. As a charity, everything we make comes back to the beneficiaries – not shareholders.
RELIABILITY: One of the biggest concerns from parents is reliability of care staff. We don’t use zero-hour contracts, so our staff are more reliable and will always be on time.
TRAINING: We won’t compromise on standards. Our staff are highly trained and qualified to care for disabled people with epilepsy and other highly complex conditions.
Sadly it was no surprise to see that no extra funds had been allocated to adult social care in the recent Autumn budget. Yet charities like The Bevern Trust are asked to do more with much less. As ‘a beacon for people with disabilities’, we know there are nearly 2000 profoundly disabled adults in East Sussex alone, but just 1000 disability care home beds available at any one time.
With no financial support from statutory authorities, we have raised the start up costs from grant funding to train and equip a home care team who can respond to increasing demand for our disability services in East Sussex.
We recognise that to give the best care to vulnerable people at our home and in the community, we must look after our staff, pay them well and provide training and support to keep them and further their career in adult social care. As a charity, the funds we raise allow us to go above and beyond for our residents by providing a greater level of freedom and opportunities that just aren’t possible with other disability charities like ours.
We look forward to sharing our progress with you soon.
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 email@example.com for a chat about how giving a little of your time, can make the biggest difference.
Wishing all our residents, their families, our staff, volunteers, donors and supporters a very happy New Year 2018.
At our home at Bevern View you can read with our residents, help in the kitchen, tend to the garden or drive the minibus, so that profoundly disabled people can access their community and live life to the full.
For more information or a chat about the different voluntary roles available, call us on 01273 021241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Remember to check our 2018 yearly calendar for all tour latest events and activities, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
With all our best new year’s wishes for 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Grow Your Tenner 2017‘ is an online campaign in which Localgiving will double your donation. Your gift will help profoundly disabled people and their families to live life in abundance. Charitable donations of £10 via the donation website below could help pay for precious time in the pool, where the people we care for have the freedom and opportunity to move around more freely. This allows our residents time out of their wheelchair in warm water, reducing pain and improving their well-being.
On 17 October from 10am, The Bevern Trust will receive an additional £10 from every £10 donation you make via the Local giving page. The ‘Grow Your Tenner 2017’ campaign helps charity organizations like The Bevern Trust make a positive difference to the lives of people with profound disabilities.
Every resident in our home uses a wheelchair and needs support with all aspects of their life. The Hydropool at our home, Bevern View allows profoundly disabled people with painful muscle contractions, breathing difficulties and anxiety to experience the freedom and warmth of warm water. This calms and relaxes and means the people we care for are in less pain and can move in ways that are just not possible otherwise. Your £10 donation (doubled to £20 through the localgiving initiative) will help us raise the £5000 a year it costs to run the pool, helping people with complex needs to experience the freedom and joy of the water, giving happiness and joy.
This year ‘Grow Your Tenner’ is much larger than previous years, a match funding for charities pot of £200,000 available to help smaller local charities. We have access to £5000 of this pot; £1000 in monthly match funding and £4000 matched in one-time donations. Whichever way you choose to donate, it will make a bigger difference to the lives of profoundly disabled people in Sussex on 17 October.
You can donate on the 17th of October from 10am until either the matchfunding pot has run out, or on the 16th of November at midday when the Grow Your Tenner campaign closes.
The Bevern Trust must raise £12,000 each month to help care for the residents at our home Bevern View in Barcombe, near Lewes. Your donation counts towards providing the best support and care, not only to our 9 residents, but to the 10 people who come to Bevern View for regular respite too.
To get involved and find out about other ways you can support The Bevern Trust email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273021241