Port supports ‘great work’ at Grace Eyre Foundation

The charity's Healthy Lives sessions support the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities
The charity's Healthy Lives sessions support the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities
  • Charity supports people with learning disabilities across Sussex
  • Activities include arts, works and skills, sport and leisure
  • Shoreham Port aims to help small local charities in particular

A CHARITY which supports people with learning disabilities across Sussex is the latest to receive a grant from Shoreham Port.

The Grace Eyre Foundation helps people enjoy personal freedom, be respected for their contribution and be treated as equals within the communities where they live.

In March, two members of the charity’s team, Catriona Souter and Maxine Burgess, met with Katie Orchin, marketing and communications executive at Shoreham Port.

Miss Orchin invited them to write into the port to explain more about the work at the foundation, which is based in Montefiore Road, Hove.

She added: “It was fantastic to meet Catriona and Maxine from the Grace Eyre Foundation. As soon as they started telling me about the great work carried out at the foundation, I knew this would be a cause we would love to support.”

The foundation helps people with learning disabilities in Brighton and Hove and across Sussex gain independence, obtain housing, find employment and join their activities.

The charity's Active Lives sports programme includes swimming, football, golf, bowls and ten pin bowling

The charity's Active Lives sports programme includes swimming, football, golf, bowls and ten pin bowling

It provides a huge range of activities to members including creative arts, work and skills, sport and leisure, and healthy lives.

Miss Orchin added: “Shoreham Port was delighted to offer their support to the Grace Eyre foundation and see their donation used to help fund one of the many projects happening at the foundation this month.”

Activities include creative arts to encourage expression and creativity, work and skills training to support independent living, sports and leisure, plus course to promote a greater awareness of health and wellbeing.

Fundraiser Tope Osho said: “We are thrilled to receive this generous donation and I would like to thank the team at Shoreham Port on behalf of the service users, volunteers and staff members here at the Grace Eyre Foundation.

The support of local people and organisations is vital to our work in helping people with learning disabilities achieve their dreams and we look forward to working in partnership with Shoreham Port over the coming months

Tope Osho, fundraiser, the Grace Eyre Foundation

“The support of local people and organisations is vital to our work in helping people with learning disabilities achieve their dreams and we look forward to working in partnership with Shoreham Port over the coming months.”

Each month, Shoreham Port receives a number of donation requests from local and national charities and where possible, the authority aims to support charities in the local area, in particular small charities that it has not sponsored before.

Over the next few weeks, the port will be launching an online enquiry form to make managing the volume of requests easier and to ensure it can continue to work with a large number of local charities.

Details of the enquiry form will be published on the port’s Twitter page (@shoreham_port) and website (www.shoreham-port.co.uk).