Family appeal for help to keep facility open

Anna McNaughton who has cerebral palsy and about to lose her independent living home in Eastbourne unless a new backer can be found for the bungalows
Anna McNaughton who has cerebral palsy and about to lose her independent living home in Eastbourne unless a new backer can be found for the bungalows

Anna McNaughton has overcome some tough challenges in her young life but she now faces another one - the loss of the independent lifestyle she cherishes.

Anna, who is wheelchair bound and has cerebral palsy, has lived in The Bungalows in Eastbourne for three years but she and the other residents have been told they must leave in two weeks as the Chaseley Trust is closing the facility down.

Situated near Eastbourne town centre it has 12 individual bungalows geared to the complex needs of the individuals living there and has offered a unique environment.

Anna, 28, said: “It was a shock, I was devastated.

“Living here has given me more independence. I can live my life.”

Anna is well know in Bexhill where fundraising efforts have been held to provide her with essential equipment - for instance teenager Josh Bishop last year entered an Iron Man triathlon to help buy a new Liberator communication device.

Parents Sue and John McNaughton, of Wealden Way in Little Common, are desperate to prevent closure by finding another care provider.

The news came in late October, giving just 14 weeks for arrangements to be made, and Sue said: “We were totally shocked. No-one saw this coming at all.”

She claimed efforts to 
negotiate to save the bungalows or at least extend the deadline of January 31 had no effect.

Sue added: “With just two weeks to go until closure, the Chaseley Trust will evict the disabled residents leaving them little or no choice as to where they can now live, forcing them into emergency accommodation, wherever a bed is available and not accommodation that is best suited to their needs.

“We are looking for any local businesses or philanthropists who may be interested 
in coming together in supporting this much needed service.”

The Chaseley Trust said the “difficult decision to close the service” was taken as the Chaseley Bungalows had not been financially sustainable for some time and the Chaseley Trust was not able to continue providing nursing home services.

The Chaseley Trust claims together with ESCC and other funders it has “put in place a detailed programme of support to each person to find an alternative service or other living arrangement as per the funding provision that each resident has in place.”

The spokesman added that option of transferring to the main Chaseley Home has been made available, as well as exploring other possible options, and that all residents are “in the final stages of this transfer process”.

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