Downslink Challenge | The Charities

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For 55 years the White Lodge Centre, in Chertsey, has been supporting children, young people and adults with disabilities from across Surrey and the surrounding areas. We specialise in delivering high quality services for people with a diverse range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and other similar neurological and physical conditions. Our aim is to help everyone reach their maximum potential.

Our services for disabled children and young people include:
Nursery for under-five’s, Little Stars parent and baby/toddler group, Therapy services including hydrotherapy, speech and language therapy and physiotherapy, Playschemes that run across three boroughs, Personal Support Programme, Overnight short breaks, Saturday Club for 13-18 year olds, Face2Face support group for parents.

Our core for adults with long term neurological conditions include:
Therapy and fitness including hydrotherapy, Leisure and Lifeskills, Moving and handling support for carers and various clubs for the 18-25 year olds.

Today we are supporting over 2,500 who are directly and indirectly effected by various disabilities and to keep our lifeline services running it costs £2.5 million a year, some £7,000 a day. Just 75% comes from statutory sources so we are reliant on voluntary support from the community to help raise the remaining £520,000.

To this end we cannot thank the organisers and all you Saddlesore participants for pounding the peddles on 2nd June. Every roll of the wheel will make a huge difference.


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Woking Hospice was opened in December 1996 to provide palliative care and support for patients and their families living in central Surrey. Until 23 May 2017 it was located in Hill View Road on the outskirts of Woking town, but has now moved to our new state-of-the-art facility in Goldsworth Park Centre, Woking. 
Sam Beare Hospice, located at Clive House in Weybridge, is the base for our team of Community Nurses, who provide care and support to our patients and their families in Weybridge and the surrounding areas.
Hospice care is based on the belief that each person is more than their illness, and that each of us has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Woking & Sam Beare Hospices responds to the needs of each individual, helping people achieve the best possible quality of life.

A Brief History

There’s a hospice in Woking today because the local community spent five years raising money to build one. In 1990, Rhod Lofting, now a Trustee and Life President, launched an appeal for a local hospice. He did it because he didn’t want anyone else or their families to endure what he did when his father died or anyone else’s loved one to suffer such indignity during their last days. After five years of fundraising, Woking Hospice welcomed its first patients in 1996. Since then, Woking has provided special end-of-life care to very ill, very frightened patients and their relatives and has continued to grow and improve, benefiting thousands of  local patients and their close families, at one of the most important, yet most difficult times of their lives.