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We are delighted to announce that we have commenced our next phase of redevelopment, building works will commence for 26 weeks in contract with Richard Jones Building Ltd in conjunction with The Seaman Partnership. During the works the café/shop and pole barn (to the rear of the café/shop) will be demolished and thereafter a new shop/café facility will be built along with a small sports hall, new toilet and changing facilities, a quiet room and external store to open summer 2020.

The cafe/shop are open as normal in a new temporary location

The building works are in excess of £500,000 and we are able to commence works now because of the generous donations we have received from a variety of  small and major donors including grants from the following; Sport England, Gosling Trust, The Gerald Micklem Trust, The Bassil Shippam & Alsford Trust, The F Glenister Woodger Trust, The Will Trust, The Laing Trust, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, The Clothworkers Foundation, The Edward Gostling Foundation and The Peter Harrison Foundation, plus other individual, group and business donations along with our own fundraising efforts.

Once completed the new facilities will greatly enhance our existing support offer to local adults with learning disabilities and significantly improve our public café/shop. The sport/community hall will be available for hire by the local community for sports and recreational use.

Friday 11th October was simply fantastic with two winning community nominations and £1,700 awarded to the charity. Supported Living Team Leader, Julie Sandalls was presented with an award in recognition of her outstanding community fundraising efforts. Julie attended a glitzy evening at the Hilton Hotel hosted by Spirit FM and was presented with a £200 cheque for the Apuldram Centre by Rachel Drury, Cineworld Chichester Manager who sponsored the Community Hero award. Just down the road at the Black Rabbit in Arundel, Lillian and Support Worker, Sue Applin accepted a £1,500 cheque after a successful nomination to local brewery, Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest. Lillian and Sue are seen in their photo with Gary Shipton, Editor of Chichester Observer.

Rachel Drury and Julie Sandalls – Spirit FM Community Hero Awards 2019
Sue Applin, Gary Shipton and Lillian – Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest 2019

Spring into action and get ahead with your Easter gift shopping at our Spring Fair on Saturday 6th April 2019, 11am to 2pm at the Apuldram Centre, you’ll have a cracking time!

As the grass starts to grow, we are now back out and about in the local community providing our seasonal lawn cutting and gardening services. We have limited vacancies, but if you want an extra hand in the garden or know someone else who does, please get in touch with our expert horticulture team by phone or email, 07715 649485 or andy@apuldram.org

The Apuldram Centre is delighted to share the news that WSCC have backed our crowdfunding campaign with a £2,500 pledge which means we’re just £126 away from our campaign total.

Please spread the word that our target total is in sight, you can pledge from just £2,  Thank you!  https://www.spacehive.com/apuldram   

At the end of our first week of crowdfunding on Spacehive we are celebrating our 50th pledge which takes our pledged total to £1,079. We’re the second highest backed project in West Sussex and we’re 10% of the way to our target. Thank you! Please continue to spread the word, you can pledge from just £2. https://www.spacehive.com/apuldram

Rachel Aslet-Clark, Apuldram’s General Manager writes “We are pitching to West Sussex County Council (WSCC)’s Community Initiative Fund for £5,000 towards a new contract gardening van and we have to do this via a crowd-funding site called Spacehive.
“Please visit our crowd-funding page by clicking this link https://www.spacehive.com/apuldram where you can read more about the project, the funding required and make a donation pledge starting from £2.   To be in with a chance of obtaining a donation from WSCC we need to demonstrate that we have plenty of crowdfunding backers, even if the pledges are only small.  WSCC make their decisions on 5th February so time is short; please make a pledge and share with others (note: no money is taken from your account until our target of £10,000 has been met). 

“FYI – The cost of the van is £21,000; we already have a £10,000 pledge from the Forbes Foundation but need to raise the rest of the funds; there is up to £5,000 available from WSCC.   To pitch to them we have to use the Spacehive crowdfunding platform.”


Thank you!

Trainees from the Apuldram Centre have been helping E watch (Chichester) Firefighters  wash their fire engine when they visited today.  Trainees have been sponsored to wash the fire engine and have also had the opportunity to try on Firefighter clothing and tour the appliances specialist equipment and the Firefighters have enjoyed Apuldram’s tea and cake!

We were delighted to be invited to the opening launch of Bunnings warehouse Chichester today and are looking forward to working  them going forward.  Their community team  recently visited the Day Centre and built a dedicated raised flower bed to enable our less mobile beneficiaries to garden while seated.  On Saturday 13th January and Sunday 14th January we will be at the store participating in their community “Sausage Sizzle” with all proceeds from BBQ sales going to the Apuldram Centre.

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