the community for over 50 years!
Lodge Centre's history dates back to the early 1950's
when a group of parents of children with cerebral palsy set up a
small treatment centre in Worplesdon Village Hall. They soon realised
the need to create a purpose built treatment centre and began a
the Group Council for White Lodge Centre was established to draw
up a constitution and run the operation, with the foundation stone
laid at the present site in Chertsey, donated by St.Peter's Hospital,
in 1961. A year later the Children's Centre was
completed at a cost of £40,000 and the first children admitted.
A highlight of the new centre was the hydrotherapy pool, completed
in 1964 with funds donated by TV favourite Richard
'Mr. Pastry' Hearne. The building was extended through the 1960's
to provide more space and better therapy services with HRH The Duchess
of Kent officially opening a £30,000 extension in 1970.
Seen below are photos of the Centre taken in 1970.
saw more improvements, a second extension to the building and a
new hydrotherapy pool which was opened in 1980
by actress Sylvia Syms.
a former water pumping station adjacent to the site was given to
White Lodge by North Surrey Water. Work began to convert this old
building into a centre for disabled adults – a pilot project
for the 'Centre for Living'. With this project up and running by
1983, negotiations began with the North West Surrey
Health Authority to purchase a bungalow, also adjacent to the White
With a need
for residential respite care for disabled children recognised, the
bungalow was purchased through fundraising and generous donations.
Work began to convert it into a new home for the 'Centre for Living',
which had outgrown its home. This allowed the old pumping station
to be made into a six-bedroom respite care unit for children –
called 'The Cottage'. Both were opened in April 1986
by Cliff Richard.
The early 1990's
saw the establishment of the Appeals Department and the Family Link
Scheme, with further improvements made to the Centre through donations
from local companies. In 1995, an appeal was launched
to rebuild and refurbish the Children's Centre. Designed by Broadway
Malyan, the rebuilding was undertaken in three phases with Sir Cliff
Richard opening the current Phase I and Phase II development in
capped an amazing decade of development with an 'Investment in People'
award and a 'Charter Mark' award.
the Karten C-Tec Centre had been completed, providing vital access
to IT systems for the adults using the Centre. Phase III of the
Children's Centre rebuild was also completed and opened by HRH The
Countess of Wessex.
The 'Space to
be Me' appeal was launched in 2004 with the aim
of raising funds to replace The Cottage and The Adult Resource Centre,
both buildings suffering from old age and lack of space and resources.
The £1.6 million needed to replace The Cottage was met through
generous donations and work began in May 2005 on
purpose-built facility offering essential leisure activity breaks
for up to six young children aged up to 12 years in a home-from-home
environment. Completed within budget in May 2006, this fabulous
new building was officially opened in September 2006
by Ted Gostling, President Emeritus of the ACT Foundation, which
supported the construction of the building with a £1 million
a successful major capital appeal and over a year of off site activities
for our members, White Lodge Centre officially opened Rendezvous – the adult resource centre – in October 2008. This state-of-the-art building was designed with our
members in mind and reflects White Lodge’s dedication and
commitment to the continued support and growth of those who use
Lodge Centre continues to provide the best facilities through ongoing
Kathy Taylor (Chairman)
Ray Howie (Treasurer)
Dr Viv Bignell
and Gill Cribbins
Sir Cliff Richard OBE
Penelope Keith OBE, DL
Philip Hammond MP
Dr. Jean Bowyer FRCP, FRCPCH
Chesney and Krissy Hawkes
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