Welcome to The Simon Trust.
As a parent of a disabled child, I am fully aware of the heart-ache that is involved in bringing up a child who is "different". One not only has to deal with the day-to-day challenges, strain and isolation that it brings, but also the constant battle to obtain the care and provision that one's child so desperately needs.
One such battle is the provision of a home for these children when they become adults, especially a home that will be near enough for their own families to remain part of their lives. The Simon Trust was created to address this challenge.
In 2015 we found a perfect six-acre site in Alfold, near Cranleigh, and presented a proposal to Surrey County Council to build ten homes for severely autistic young people whose families reside in Surrey. Given the huge number of obstacles involved, we are proud to announce that building work started in January 2018 on "Linden Farm", a purpose-built new development for adults with severe autism and complex needs - the first of its kind in Surrey!
Now that building is underway, our main focus is to continue with our fund-raising activities to provide equipment, facilities and resources, to enhance and personalise Linden Farm for its residents. These "essential extras" will significantly add to their quality of life.
It has been an honour to be able to help set up this worthy charity and provide for these vulnerable young adults and give support to their families. What was once just a dream and a vision is now coming to fruition, thanks to the tremendous support of my family, our friends and generous donors.
Thank you for taking the time to explore this website and discover more about The Simon Trust. I sincerely hope you will feel inspired by the work and fund-raising carried out so far and would like to become more involved with our charity. If so, please do get in touch via our Contact page.
Carol Singing raises £298
Great support was seen on Friday night at the Barley Mow Pub in The Sands as about 70 people of all ages gathered round to sing Christmas Carols. Read more here.
Waverley Singers raise £918 for The Simon Trust
Click here to read more.
Surrey County Council's application for smaller site rejected
Surrey County Council has been reprimanded for trying to cut costs and reduce space at Linden Farm. Click here to read more, or to listen to Chairman Sally Lawrence talk about it on BBC Radio Surrey, click here (and start listening at 1hr40mins from beginning of programme).
The Simon Trust wins funding bid for horticulture facilities at Linden Farm
We have just been informed that our funding application for the purchase and installation of the glasshouse and the salary of a horticulture manager for the first year at Linden Farm has been successful! We are extremely grateful to the kind donor, PL Trust, for this most generous pledge. Read the full story here.
Out now: our July newsletter
Click here for some progress updates and heartwarming stories.
Jacqs Selby completes the London Marathon
Congratulations to Jacqs Selby who ran the London Marathon in aid of The Simon Trust and raised over £2,530 in sponsorship! It certainly wasn't an easy ride - have a look at our Events page for the full story.
SCC appoints Care Provider
We are delighted that in March 2018 Surrey County Council appointed Choice Care as the provider of care staff for Linden Farm. Choice Care will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the home, and will be instrumental in ensuring the best possible quality of life for the ten young adults with severe autism who will be living there.
In February 2018 the foundations were laid on the Linden Farm site, kicking off the year of building that will now follow. The building work is due to finish in Spring 2019... watch this space!