At their recent Annual National Conference, Auditel chose to donate the proceeds of their raffle to The Disabilities Trust. This is one of the leading national charities, founded over 30 years ago and based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. They provide innovative care, rehabilitation and support solutions for people with profound physical impairments, acquired brain injury and learning disabilities and for children and adults with autism.
Emma Millar, their Fundraising Officer, says: “People are at the heart of everything we do. Our services across the country include purpose-built residential accommodation, community-based housing, respite care, special education and community enabling services. These help each individual to maximise their independence.
“We work in partnership with those we support, their families and friends and local authorities, health authorities, housing associations and other organisations. We have an established track record of delivering leading-edge services to meet the needs of people with complex and challenging disabilities. We are continually looking to refine our existing services and develop new ones in response to identified individual needs.”
Gill Gibbon is one of Auditel’s Consultants and the Trust is one of her clients. She had found savings on Gas and Electricity for them of more than £300,000 since 2011. It was Gill who nominated the Trust to be the worthy cause to receive the proceeds of Auditel’s annual fund-raising at their National Conference.
One of the Trust’s buildings is at Ernest Kleinwort Court in Burgess Hill, a residential centre for people with complex physical disabilities. Gill, along with Lesley Lunn and Heather Hancock from Auditel, visited the centre to meet Emma Millar and Karen Perrin, the Manager.
The 29 residents have their own rooms with adapted ensuite facilities. There is a kitchen where they can cook for themselves or have their meals cooked for them in the main dining room. Family members and friends are always welcome to join the residents for meals. There are beautiful gardens, which are a focus for many social activities including barbecues in the summer. Residents who have an interest in gardening are encouraged to help with the raised beds.
The centre offers a variety of activities for residents to enjoy with assistive communications technology in the form of iPads and a touch screen PC. They also have a range of entertainment including ice skating trips and fancy dress days. During the visit Gill, Lesley and Heather saw one of the residents making a large dragon to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
The donation of £1,540 was presented to Emma and Karen on behalf of Auditel and its network of consultants and suppliers. Emma confirmed that the donation was going towards refurbishing the Crafts Room to make way for a sensory room.