The Bevern Trust Summer Newsletter 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of The Bevern Trus Summer Newsletter 2018

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The Bevern Trust Summer Newsletter 2018



This Bevern Trust Summer Newsletter 2018 will provide an insight into the specialist work of the Physio Team and how the Hydrotherapy sessions are vital to the well-being of all our residents at Bevern View.

In this latest edition  you can also read details of recent and upcoming Community Events and Fundraising activities.

So make sure you come along to some of the wonderful events and help us raise some much needed funds.

There are lots of other ways in which you can support The Bevern Trust  by Fundraising whether its through volunteering, holding a dress down day at work, Challenge events or a making a small regular gift.

We hope you enjoy The Bevern Trust Summer Newsletter 2018  and thank you for your continued support.

Happy reading!

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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year | 2018

Wishing all our residents, their families, our staff, volunteers, donors and supporters a very happy New Year 2018.


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Happy New Year 2018

Why not make 2018 the year you volunteer a little of your time each week or each month and make a big difference?

Sussex Disability charity, The Bevern Trust need your help:

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 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.

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.


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.

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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:

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June at The Bevern Trust

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2015.

At The Bevern Trust during Volunteers’ Week we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered for us and also introduce more volunteers to help us give more to people with profound disabilities.

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Volunteers’ Week

THREE reasons to shout about Volunteer Opportunities with The Bevern Trust during Volunteers’ Week.

1. Great Fun; your time is well spent with a friendly relaxed team that will help people with complex needs get more from life.

2. Gain Professional Experience; learn new things and discover hidden talents, enhance your CV promoting personal growth and self esteem.

3. You Make a Difference; Give something back to your community and support your local charity.

See our Driving, Garden and Housekeeping volunteers’ roles at or call 01273 400752.

Volunteer Work Locally.

Drivers needed. Driving our minibus is great fun and at times that work around you. It gives residents with complex needs, the opportunity to participate in educational sessions, attend medical appointments and social activities.

Kitchen and Housekeeping. Time spent volunteering in a relaxed and social home is an opportunity of a life-time. Home-made nutricious food is always important but even more so for people with with profound disabilities. A few hours of your time will help us keep a clean and tidy loving home.

Gardening. Green fingers and an eye for detail will help our gardens and grounds look well-kept all year round. Just a few regular hours are needed to help give our residents a beautiful home.


Volunteers dig deep at Bevern View

Volunteer’s Bevern View Garden Makeover

Volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group gave a day this week to tidy the garden, cut the grass, dig over the flower beds and paint the skirting boards at Bevern View. The team of seven volunteers had great fun working together to help keep the grounds at Bevern View looking their best. It was a great opportunity for team building, working outside of the office whilst learning more about a local disability charity.

Watch the film here.

As a charity, we rely on volunteers to give their time in the garden, in the kitchen and driving and this is a great example of how local businesses can come together and give something back to their community. If you would like to get involved and give your time volunteering either with colleagues from work, with friends or individually, we would love to hear from you. A huge thank you goes to all the volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group who worked so hard during their time at Bevern View.

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Lloyds Banking Group Volunteers dig deep for disability at Bevern View.

Email or call 01273 400 752 for more information on volunteering at Bevern View.

Lloyds Bank Volunteers at The Bevern Trust

Along with our amazing staff, volunteers are what keep us going, our friends at Lloyds Bank regularly send a small work party to help us with all those things we struggle to get done. This year they helped us clean up the brick patios at the rear and front of the building. They spent a day scraping away, clearing leaves and tidying the grounds. The Lloyds bank team really made a difference and they enjoyed their time with us…we did bribe them with chocolate cake! Whether its your time or a donation it all helps to keep the amazing environment of our home: Bevern View.

[gdlr_space height=”40px [gdlr_space height=”60px”] [gdlr_process min_height=”200px” type=”vertical” ] [gdlr_tab icon=”icon-rss” title=”Giving” ] If your company has corporate giving scheme or encourages staff to give back to the community through work with charities then give us a call.[/gdlr_tab] [gdlr_tab icon=”icon-flag” title=”Community ” ] Involving people on our local and the wider community supports our residents and brings our causes and campaigns for the profoundly disabled to a wider audience. In the end its about our residents, they need your help. [/gdlr_tab] [gdlr_tab icon=”icon-fire” title=”Ironing anyone?” ]From ironing to office admin you can help by volunteering, your money can go to directly support activities or general equipment, or you can help us fundraise for the minibus appeal, the sensory garden or a new activities extension. [/gdlr_tab] [/gdlr_process]