In 2010, a group of residents in Piltdown, near Uckfield, got together to form a campaign action group against a proposed landraise site in their village. They decided upon the name ‘Piltdown Action Group Against Landraise’ (P.A.A.L.), and realised they would need to fund the campaign in order for it to be successful. Money came flooding in with donations from in and around the community, bucket collections at local fetes, etc.
The group made a decision, early on, that, once the campaign came to a close, regardless of the outcome, any fund surpluses would be offered to a local charity. The group agreed that Chailey Heritage Foundation, neighbours along the A272, were the perfect local charity to reward with any leftover funds, to aid the work they do with disabled children and young adults.
3 years on and the campaign has come to a successful close. East Sussex County Council concluded that a landraise site would not go ahead in Piltdown and the PAAL committee very kindly organised the official handover of a cheque for £2,250 to Chailey Heritage Foundation, to be spent on equipment in their state-of-the-art Life Skills Centre for young adults.
The Centre offers leisure and life skills activities to young adults with a physical disability, not available elsewhere in the community, including an accessible gym, spa & sauna, beauty & relaxation treatments, arts & crafts, cookery skills and ICT sessions using the latest in assistive technology….
Chailey’s Fundraising Director, Sally-Anne Murray, said “We are very honoured to receive this donation. It will be used to buy essential equipment that will help disabled adults to develop independence skills and aid communication and mobility”.
Pictured near the Life Skills Centre: (2nd from right) Bob White, Chair of PAAL, handing over the cheque to Sally-Anne Murray alongside fellow PAAL committee members, Peter Roundell, Keith Bentley and Nick Platt.