The Chaseley Trust is celebrating 75 years in 2021


On Tuesday 24th September, 1946, Chaseley’s Charity Deed was sealed, following the generous donation of the Chaseley house and £50,000 from Lady Michaelis the previous year, which enabled Chaseley to become a hospital for paralysed servicemen.  One month later, Chaseley was officially opened on Monday 28th October.

Over the past 75 years, Chaseley’s services developed greatly, making it into a unique charity nursing home providing specialised nursing care and rehabilitation for adults with severe physical disabilities, regardless of military background.  Residents at Chaseley have high, complex care needs that consist of a wide range of neurological disabilities, including spinal injury, acquired and traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation and degenerative neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone and Parkinson’s disease.

Throughout 2021, Chaseley will be celebrating this milestone through a variety of events and storytelling across their website and social media, while also looking at raising funds for the 75th Anniversary fundraising appeal.

If you have any ideas of ways Chaseley might celebrate, or if you have stories about Chaseley you would like to share, please get in touch. Additionally, if you would like to support Chaseley by hosting a fundraising event or designating them your charity of the year, please contact the fundraising manager on 01323 744200 or  

About Chaseley: The Chaseley Trust was established in Eastbourne in 1946 by Dr Luttwig Guttmann to care for soldiers returning from the Second World War with spinal injuries. Today, the charity provides care and rehabilitation services for all adults over the age of 18 who have significant physical disabilities. 

The 55-bed home specialises in long-term nursing, respite, and day care for people with complex disabilities. The multi-disciplinary approach to care and rehabilitation includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social and recreational activities ensuring that people have independence and control over their lives. The ethos of the charity remains the same as when first founded over seventy years ago: to enable people with disabilities to lead a full and active life despite their disabilities. 

As a charity, we rely on generous donations from our community to provide services for which we receive no local authority or government funding.  Last year, the charity cared for more than 100 residents and supported their families as they coped with the suddenness and/or deterioration of their loved one’s condition. 


For further information, contact: Jodie Cornford, Fundraising Manager, Tel: 01323 744200