Previous Donations

Golden Lion Children’s Trust – donated £6,000 in 2020

The Golden Lion Children’s Trust (GLCT) is a charity dedicated to providing hope, help and happiness to children with special needs and disadvantaged young people. The trust maintains its links with Gatwick Airport, where the roots of the trust began, but also reaches out to a much wider field, thanks to the many supporters and volunteers it has.

In 2020, we supported the GLCT in providing Christmas gifts for over 300 children, aged 0-15. The donation will go towards these presents, and will also support the team with refreshments, travel costs and stationery. The GLCT was thrilled with the donation, with Chairman Lynda Guy saying: “What an astonishing email to receive! How very kind and amazingly generous of you. I simply had to email how excited I am to read your message – how much this will remove pressure as we shop for gifts and tell you that for once our President was quite lost for words when I told him just now! A huge thank you.”


You Raise Me Up – Equipment donated in 2020

Eastbourne-based charity You Raise Me Up supports families that have suffered the loss of a young person aged 16-25 years. The charity was founded by the late Jane Brooks and her husband Fraser in June 2011 following the sudden loss of their daughter Megan. It provides compassion, support and simply to be able to say: “we totally understand” rather than “we cannot imagine what you are going through!”.

You Raise Me Up provides one-to-one specialist counselling to bereaved families and also to families who are in need of help with mental health issues. They have been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as face-to-face contact has been impossible at times. With our donation, the charity was able to purchase a laptop and printer. The laptop will allow counsellors working from home to make vital contact via video chat.

Recently the charity wrote to us, saying: “Thank you so much for your very kind donation of a fabulous laptop and printer. These will enable us to continue to work remotely when needed in these difficult times. We are so grateful for all the support you have given us.”


RDA Fairlight Hall – Donation provided in 2020

Fairlight Hall is one of the newest Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) groups in the South East. Their ponies and horses provide therapy and enjoyment to children and adults with disabilities, and they offer facilities such as a large outdoor riding school and easy access to bridleways in Hastings Country Park.

Wellesley proudly support RDA Fairlight Hall, and have recently provided funds for them to buy a new pony for the smaller children. They recently wrote to us with an update, saying they are currently trialling a nine-year-old pony called Tally, with the view to purchase her. Melanie from RDA Fairlight Hall told us: “Tally has started her RDA training and she is responding very well. She is incredibly affectionate, has a lovely gentle nature and loves people. Nothing so far has fazed her, and she is just a lovely pony to have around.”


RDA Hope in the Valley – Donation provided in 2020

We are proudly continuing our support of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Hope in the Valley in 2020. This amazing charity aims to give disabled children the opportunity to experience the pleasure, independence and therapeutic benefits that riding a horse can provide.

The group is run entirely by volunteers and offers weekly riding sessions at Plumpton College, near Lewes, East Sussex, plus an annual trip to North Wales. Due to COVID-19, they are currently unable to restart lessons, but the cost of caring for the horses goes on – we are proud to support them with this regular contribution towards livery costs.


Whoopsadaisy – donated £3,500 in 2020

Whoopsadaisy is a small Sussex charity dedicated to helping children with cerebral palsy and other motor conditions reach their full potential. We are delighted to continue our support for this wonderful charity – our 2020 donation funds the support of one child for a year.

2020 brought new and unprecedented challenges to Whoopsadaisy – due to COVID-19, the charity was forced to temporarily halt face-to-face services, and therefore adopted “virtual” means for supporting the children and their families in lockdown. This remote support focussed on social interaction, motivation and having fun, while also helping parents feel less isolated. The weekly Whoopsadaisy Zoom sessions included guided stretching sessions, familiar Whoopsadaisy songs, and practising daily-living tasks.

Recently the charity wrote to us, saying: “A big THANK YOU to everyone at Wellesley for continuing to support the children at Whoopsadaisy, helping them become more mobile, confident and independent. Your support over the years has been wonderful, and is even more crucial at this time. Your support will help us be ready to re-start our services at the Whoopsadaisy Pavilion when it is safe to do so. Thank you.”


Brighton Pebbles – £1,120 donated in 2019

Brighton Pebbles is a local charity run by parent carers, offering a place for children with disabilities to play and have fun, and a place for parents to feel supported. The charity welcomes children with any disabilities, and they especially want to include children who find it difficult to access mainstream activities.

We provided a grant towards the cost of carers for Brighton Pebbles’ holiday at the Kench Hill Centre in Kent. A total of 15 families attended, with nine carers. While there, the families enjoyed various day trips and activities, including a stream walk and archery led by the centre staff, a trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway to Bodiam Castle, swimming, a trampoline park and a trip to Port Lympne Safari Park.

Recently the charity wrote to us, saying: “It was a really lovely week, enjoyed by all of the families. Having carers meant that families could get a bit of a break from their caring role some of the time and enabled them to spend time with their other children, who often get overlooked. We are very grateful for the grant donation which helped to make this truly special holiday happen for our families. Thank you!”


Golden Lion Children’s Trust – donated £500 in 2019

The Golden Lion Children’s Trust (GLCT) is a charity dedicated to providing hope, help and happiness to children with special needs and disadvantaged young people. The trust maintains its links with Gatwick Airport, where the roots of the trust began, but also reaches out to a much wider field, thanks to the many supporters and volunteers it has.

With our donation, a group of children from families in crisis were able to enjoy a performance of a Dick Whittington pantomime at the local Hawth Theatre in Crawley. The GLCT was delighted with the donation, with Chairman Lynda Guy writing to us to say: “We believe that local businesses could help support the children in so many ways and certainly the Wellesley Charitable Foundation has proved this to be the case. With your support we were able to give some special children a very special Christmas surprises, which they will remember for a long time.”


Hope in the Valley – donated £1,800 in 2019

Hope in the Valley aims to give disabled children the opportunity to experience the pleasure, independence and therapeutic benefits that riding a horse can provide. The group is run entirely by volunteers and offers weekly riding sessions near Lewes, East Sussex, plus an annual trip to North Wales.

In 2019 we funded a holiday in Wales for four riders and eight volunteers, including accommodation, pony hire, food and fuel costs. Chairman Lesley Morrill said: “The time spent with our riders cannot just be measured in riding achievements, but also watching these young people grow in confidence amongst their peers and the adults present.”

We were also delighted to receive a handwritten letter from Daisy, who attended the riding holiday. In it, she described each day’s activities – with a special mention to her horse, Moo! It was wonderful to hear from someone directly impacted by one of our donations.


Adur Special Needs – donated £1,892 in 2019 so far

Adur Special Needs Project is an equal opportunities registered charity which provides much needed out-of-school respite care and play schemes for children aged five to 15 years with special/additional support needs, and/or physical disabilities from Sussex.  Offering a Saturday play scheme held at Herons Dale Primary School, Hawkins Crescent, Shoreham on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month during school term times, ASNP supports local children in a wide range of challenging and fun activities, designed to grow their self-confidence, sense of self-esteem and communication skills.

The charity relocated to Herons Dale School in Shoreham and needed new equipment to help the children. The money donated meant the charity were able to purchase walkie-talkie radios, a microwave oven and other equipment such as reading books.


FarmBuddies – donated £360 in 2019 so far

Formed in 2008, FarmBuddies aims to improve the wellbeing of people on the South Coast, through the concept of ‘Social Farming’. Also known as ‘Care Farming’, Social Farming is the practice of offering family farms and smallholdings as a form of social service, where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm’s activities.

There is a relaxing and socially inclusive atmosphere that helps attendees gain confidence. As well as aiding the development of new skills, Social Farming also offers exercise and fresh air, animal therapy and an emphasis on healthy, fresh food. It also reconnects farmers with their local communities. Our donation helped to fund a place for a girl aged 17.


Reaching Families – donated £2,650

Reaching Families was established in 2008 by our project manager Brian O’Hagan. The organisation exists to “…empower, care for and inform parents and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex”. We are achieving this through the delivery of high quality services. The money was donated to fund the handbook called Making Sense of it All. Access to information is one of the biggest challenges for parent-carers both locally and nationally. For that reason we publish a parent-carer guide, Making Sense of it All, which provides parents with information on a wide range of important subjects including diagnosis, benefits & money matters, special educational needs, accessing support from health and social care, etc. It also contains a directory of over 400 local and national organisations and an extensive jargon buster.


Happy Days – donated £2,000

We work with local communities right across the UK to provide vital respite breaks for individuals, families and groups who support children with additional needs. The young people we help range in age from 3 to 17. They come from many different backgrounds and cultures, suffer many different conditions and are all based in the South East.

The money donated was used to fund a residential trip to Lodge Hill Activity Centre for 2 nights. 30 children from Haywards Heath and surrounds aged 8-17 who have conditions such as cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, hydrocephalus, autism, downs syndrome and other complex medical needs, are going with 24 adults. The group activity holidays will improve their sensory awareness and their social and communication skills, and have fun and excitement, not to forget the educational value also.


Epilepsy Lifestyle – donated £1,105

Epilepsy Lifestyle is a small, family run charity, established at the beginning of 2014, operating with the mission to provide children and adults, diagnosed with any form of epilepsy, with solutions to help improve their quality of life. With three trustees and one employee, working just one day a week, Epilepsy Lifestyle works to a high level of professionalism with scarce resources.

WCF are their main sponsor and helped them throughout the years providing necessary equipment. We agreed that we would match fund any of their fundraising such as tea parties. The £1105 is the match fund figure that they had raised over a year.


Dame Vera Lynn Charity – Donation provided in 2020

The Dame Vera Lynn Charity is dedicated to supporting families with children under five years old with cerebral palsy and other motor learning impairments. The charity was created to give the children a place where they can learn and thrive in a warm, supportive setting that understands their unique journey. Swimming sessions are an important part of this, as swimming helps develop motor skills, and increase flexibility, strength and stamina, with help from specialist instructors in a local hydro-pool.

When the centre closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the charity suspended all additional activities, including swimming. The lessons restarted on 22nd September, and the money donated by Wellesley Charitable Foundation was used towards these.


T1D – donated £220

The focus group organises events for the young people and their family members as well as providing training in supporting the young people. T1D organised a paintballing trip for the young people to attend, and be able to talk to each other about their struggles and help them feel comfortable around others who also have Type 1 diabetes. The money donated went towards the paintballing trip as well as new marketing materials so they are able to promote the charity and help more young people and their families.

Theodora Children’s Charity – donated £2,129

At the Theodora Children’s Charity we believe that all children deserve laughter. The mission at the heart of our work is to contribute to the wellbeing of children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres by providing visits from professional performers who have been trained to work in a medical environment. Our Giggle Doctors visit children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England. By combining music, play, magic and storytelling these professional performers bring magical moments to brave children in challenging times. We believe that every sick or disabled child should get the giggles that only a Giggle Doctor can bring.

The donation of £2070 was used to fund a Giggle Doctor at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Brighton for one month, brining smiles and laugher to over 200 children.


Time 4 Children – donated £3,000

Time 4 Children is a small charity based in Haywards Heath, dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing of children between the ages of 4 and 12 in Mid Sussex. Time 4 Children provides free one-to-one Emotional Listening Support for Children who find it hard to express their thoughts, feelings, experiences and worries safely. We do this with a team of trained Volunteer Practitioners. The donation of £3000 has funded 5 places for children who need it.


Amaze – donated £1,000

Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. We also support young people with SEND up to 25. Some of our services are only available in specific areas – check out the specific services information for parent carers and young people.

The donation has gone towards the production of their “Out of Amaze” newsletter. In the “Out of Amaze” you will find:

  • News and information about Amaze services including  events, courses and the Compass Card
  • Information about other local services and groups for children, young people and families
  • Personal stories from families with SEND
  • Content from parent carer forums including information about  current consultations on local services
  • Advice about specific issues such as benefits, schools, leisure and more

Kangaroos – donated £2,346

At Kangaroos we run a range of different clubs and activities for children, young adults and families. We also organise trips out to many exciting and fun venues. We do not let our members disabilities hold them back and help them, in a safe and supporting way, to take part in the kind of activities that we all take for granted. The money donated was used to buy new equipment to help and support the children with their learning disabilities and complex needs.


Wellesley Charitable Foundation is a resource for young people living in Sussex and the surrounding area. Wellesley Charitable Foundation was formally registered in 2011 under charity number 1149077.

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