Tennis star Tim Henman backs Sussex children’s charity


The Vision Fund is the blueprint for raising donations for essential facilities and resources at the charity’s base in North Chailey.

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Tim Henman said: “My wife Lucy and I visited the Chailey Heritage Foundation last September. We were extremely impressed by the staff, the young people but also by the extent of the facilities and the care for these young people with disabilities.

Tim Henman at the Chailey Heritage Center SUS-220329-102645001

“It’s inspiring to see what the young people of Chailey Heritage can accomplish with the right support.”

The Tim Henman Foundation has supported the Chailey Heritage Foundation for four years.

He has helped fund specialized equipment such as Innowalk and Eyegaze technology and a fully accessible outdoor play area.

The London event was organized and sponsored by the charity’s corporate partner, Pan Pacific London, at its newly opened luxury hotel. The Vision Fund raises funds for areas not funded by statutory services.

Tim Henman in London supporting the Sussex charity SUS-220329-102545001

Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the Chailey Heritage Foundation, said: “We were absolutely delighted that Tim Henman was able to join us and speak to the guests. It was nice to hear him say how impressed he was with our staff and facilities.

The parents of Mikey Turner – a resident of Chailey Heritage – also spoke of the excellent care provided by the charity.

Mikey suffers from a degenerative disease and parents Andrew and Jenny, who live near Horsham, spoke of the ‘exceptional facilities and expertise’ provided by the charity.

Lorraine Sinclair, chief executive of Pan Pacific London, told how she saw firsthand how Chailey Heritage was transforming lives after her friend’s son Archie started there. This, she said, had inspired her to propose Chailey Heritage as a charity partner.

Sally-Anne Murray, Director of Development at the Chailey Heritage Foundation, said: “While we receive funds for education and health from local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, we rely on voluntary donations to updating our buildings and facilities, as well as purchasing the very specialist equipment that makes such a difference in the lives of our young people.

“Last year the Vision Fund funded projects such as our amazing Patchwork Farm. We were able to update and expand our lane platforms and install environmental controls in youth residences on site.

She said that at a time when local authority budgets are tighter than ever, it is vital for charities to have a flexible stream of income not limited to a specific purpose. “While project funding is vital, charities also need the flexibility to direct voluntary revenue to the area that needs it most if they are to thrive as a groundbreaking and resilient organization.”

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