How it all started
Founded as the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy, the charity has been supporting children and their families for over fifteen years.
In 2001, the Charity was formed to prevent the closure of the School for Parents at Ingfield Manor, West Sussex when the national charity, Scope ceased funding the service. The School for Parents was a Conductive Education programme designed to support parents in raising a pre-school aged child with cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions.
Dame Vera Lynn, understanding the importance of early years intervention when it comes to supporting children with cerebral palsy, took to heart the possible closing of the School. Together with her friends, she launched the “Bluebird Appeal” and raised enough awareness and considerable funds to save the school. If it were not for her efforts, so many children would have lost out on an amazing start. The Charity continued to support her children by raising funding to run and maintain the School for Parents.
In 2015, the Trustees agreed on renaming the charity to Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity to clearly state the focus on children and the support the charity offers to them.
In June 2016, after a thorough financial and service review, the Board of Trustees reached an agreement with the national charity, Scope, to formally terminate the collaboration at Ingfield Manor in order to ensure a sustainable future for the Charity.
A small charity, we are now planning for the future and we have moved location to set-up the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Centre in Cuckfield, West Sussex. We will be continuing our commitment to support families with very young children with cerebral palsy and other motor learning difficulties.
Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity continues its commitment to early intervention and alongside this is offering a new range of services such as Saturday and holiday clubs, outreach support in the home and a parent support network to ensure children and families have the support they need to achieve great things.