Lewes Golf Club Show The Bevern Trust The ’Green’

Lewes Golf Club Captain, John Clark presented a cheque for £2500 to The Bevern Trust.

John Clark’s Charity Golf Day was supported by the generosity of members at Lewes Golf Club and will directly support the charity who care for vulnerable people in Sussex with profound disabilities.

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Jonathan Spencer is presented with a cheque for £2500 from John Clark at Lewes Golf Club

Chief Executive Jonathan Spencer said, ”As a local charity, we see wonderful acts of kindness and support, but to receive a gift like this from John Clark and Lewes Golf Club is absolutely fantastic and will make a huge difference to the lives of the people we care for.

”As we grow and will soon start to provide home care to disabled people in Sussex, we will look to more organisations and groups like this to help raise the funds we need to care for more local people.
”Our thanks go to John and all at Lewes Golf Club for their generous support.”

John Clark said ” The Captain at Lewes is in office for one year and an important part of the role is the Captain's choice of charity. I chose the Bevern Trust because I had heard such good things about the work they do. When I visited them, I was so impressed with the set up and their care for profoundly disabled people.
“The money was raised by a Captain's Day Charity Competition and the Rotary Club of Lewes organise a Charity Golf Day too and generously give a donation from the money they raise to the Captain's Charity at The Golf Club. We also asked any member playing, who hit in to the nominated ‘Captain’s Bunker’, to make an extra donation!

The Bevern Trust would like to work with more golf clubs and organisations around Lewes who would like to support a local charity. Call us on 01273 021241 or email info@beverntrust.org. Each month we need to raise at least £15,000 to allow people with profound disabilities more freedom and opportunity to live their lives in abundance.

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.

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Lewes Lions

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 info@beverntrust.org 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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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 info@beverntrust.org. 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 http://www.dykegolf.com/visitors/visitor_guidelines/  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.

Sussex Gardens Open 2017

Sussex Gardens Open in Barcombe and North Chailey – April and May 2017

[gdlr_quote align=”center” ]Two beautiful and intriguing Sussex gardens open for you in Spring 2017. [/gdlr_quote]

Explore the fascinating grounds at Banks Farm off Boast Lane in Barcombe on Saturday 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 the 20th and 21st May. 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.

Both Sussex gardens are local treasures that you wont want to miss and are perfect days out for family and friends this Spring. All profits donated to The Bevern Trust.


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Sussex Open Garden, Barcombe.


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Sussex Open Garden, North Chailey.

Banks Farm

Boast Lane, Barcombe BN8 5DY

Date: Saturday 8th April

Open: 11am – 4pm

Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult

Access: At least half of grounds accessible by wheelchair

Note: No dogs, home-made cake and fresh tea on sale

Holford Manor

North Chailey, BN8 4DU

Date: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May

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

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.

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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: Pamis.org.uk

Charity Rugby Match raises £300

Charity Rugby Match raises £300 for The Bevern Trust

Thanks to Jimmy Thomson who organised a Charity Rugby Match on Boxing day raising £300 for The Bevern Trust. Thanks also to Brighton Rugby Club who allowed them use of their facilities on Boxing Day, free of charge.

As a Sussex Disability Charity, we need to raise more than £10,000 each month, so events like this are a good boost to our fundraising efforts. The funds you raise will help us to give more freedom and opportunity to people with profound disabilities in Sussex.

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Rugby Club Charity Match, Boxing Day 2016

If you’re organising any events this year, sporting, social, or in the office and you like to raise funds for The Bevern Trust, please call Fundraising on 01273 021241 or email info@beverntrust.org for more details. We can provide you with all the materials you need to make it a success and help you raise as much money as possible for people with profound disabilities.

Disabled Access Day at Duke of York’s, Brighton

Disabled Access Day at Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton & FREE Popcorn!

The UKs longest running cinema The Duke of York’s Picturehouse at Preston Circus, Brighton have teamed up with Sussex disability charity The Bevern Trust to celebrate the national Disabled Access Day initiative and encourage more people with disabilities to visit the cinema on Friday 10thMarch at 3pm.

*The Duke of York’s are offering one free bag of small popcorn to every ticketholder for Disney’s Moana on Friday 10thMarch at 3pm, as part of the Cinema’s Disabled Access Day initiative.

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Disabled Access Day at Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton


[gdlr_box_icon icon=”icon-film” icon_color=”#4984d5″ icon_position=”top” title=”BOOK HERE” ]Book Here for Disney’s Moana 10th March, 3pm at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse Brighton[/gdlr_box_icon]
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For many people who use a wheelchair or have sensory needs, going to the cinema can be difficult for them and their carers. But with adjusted lighting, appropriate volume for those with sensory needs, and crucially no stairs to navigate wheelchairs on the ground floor, The Duke of York’s reach out to people who may have a physical or mental disability by regularly screening non-exclusive ‘All-Welcome’ films.

Manager, Felicity Beckett and staff at The Duke of York’s are delighted to be promoting the ‘All Welcome’ Disabled Access Day initiative on the 10th March, encouraging cinema for all, regardless of ability.

Felicity Beckett said “The Duke of York’s is an integral part of the Brighton community and as such, endeavours to cater for as many aspects as possible of the community’s needs. We are delighted to be part of this initiative and would encourage everyone to join in.”

Fundraising and Development Manager at The Bevern Trust, Matthew Cornish said, “It is great working with The Duke of York’s who are dedicated to helping overcome social barriers and banish stereotypes around disability and we’re so grateful to Felicity and her team. The Bevern Trust care for people with profound disabilities who need care 24 hours a day, but our residents still love a visit to the cinema just like anyone else. We’re encouraging everyone in the community as well as other local disability charities to join us at the Duke of York’s on the 10thMarch to celebrate Disabled Access Day to see Disney’s Moana with free popcorn!

For more information, to donate or volunteer, call 01273 400752. For Duke of York’s Picturehouse cinema listings visit www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Duke_Of_Yorks