This year I have chosen White Lodge as my nominated charity as it is very close to home for me both geographically and personally. Very dear friends of mine had a daughter Olivia who used a wide range of their services over the years and it became a real lifeline for the family. She went on to become the most amazingly confident young lady and a wheelchair athlete which is testament not only to her determination, resilience and courage but also to all the support she got from this essential hub of facilities and of course her parents. White Lodge is a wonderful purpose built 2-acre site in Chertsey which needs urgent help to refurbish the premises and their hydrotherapy pool.

White Lodge provides services that enable those with a range of disabilities, their families and carers to lead fulfilling lives. It supports over 2,500 individuals of all ages and abilities across Surrey through a diverse range of services that include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, specialist nursery, hydrotherapy, holiday clubs, personal support in the home, short breaks (respite), fitness and rehabilitation and many activities such as trips out, art, baking, swimming, and much more. Through individual assessments its team of highly experienced staff enable those with disabilities to reach their potential through tailored programmes.

White Lodge is a unique place providing a safe haven and essential support. The friendly and dedicated staff treat everyone with great respect and the daily activities and services are totally inclusive regardless of age and level of disability. Plus, it offers essential respite, companionship and strength to families and carers who are impacted in their daily lives.

During the pandemic White Lodge saw a 66% decline in income received via traditional fundraising streams against a huge increase in demand for services. In Surrey alone there are 10,500 children and young people with disabilities aged 0 to 19 and 5.7 % of adults have a long-term illness or disability. If you would like to know more or make a donation visit