Have Your Say – Fundraising Auction Prizes Needed for Chiltern Centre Ball


I am writing this letter following a visit home today by my disabled son Alexander. He is now 28 years old and needs round the clock care and supervision.

Alexander has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and ADHD. He is non verbal, still wearing nappies day and night and on medication to control his seizures. He is prone to suffering from head lice and scabies as he doesn’t understand simple hygiene practices like washing hands.

At 28 years old Alexander has the cognitive abilities of a toddler in an adults body. He is very vulnerable indeed.

He can eat with a spoon but not a knife and fork, he can make simple choices by shaking his head and making noises. If he doesn’t want to do something he moans and lays on the floor just like a toddler. But obviously he is a lot bigger and stronger than a toddler! He has no understanding of danger and would run into a road with no hesitation.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Chiltern Centre for disabled young adults in Greys Road Henley being run independently. The centre cares for 16 to 30 year olds with complex needs. I am proud to have been involved with the centre since its inception. To celebrate and to raise much needed funds there will be a Platinum Ball to be held at Badgemore Golf club on Sat 11th November.

The fundraiser for the centre Emma Lerche Thomsen emma@chilterncentre.org.uk would love to hear from you if you could contribute to a live and silent auction of promises and a giving tree on the evening. There are also non dining tickets available for the evening itself.

The money raised will go a long way to continuing to provide shorts breaks to very severely disabled young people and to help us with our plans to expand in the not too distant future. There is an extensive waiting list at the moment.

If you have any questions please follow the link or contact Emma or me.

Yours faithfully

Lisa Drage

Full details and tickets for the Ball can be purchased here



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