The Grange Centre for people with learning disabilities in Bookham has received a major boost with a £35K donation from the new Stonegate Foundation Community Fund.

‘Christmas has really come early with this amazing contribution from Stonegate Homes,’ says Eloise Appleby, Chief Executive of The Grange. ‘We want people with learning disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives and donations like this help to provide new opportunities at a time when public funding is under pressure. This is a delightful way to round off our action-packed 80th anniversary year.’

The Grange was founded in 1938 as The School of Stitchery and Lace. Today it supports over 100 adults with learning disabilities with accommodation, care, skills training and work experience.

The Stonegate Foundation Community Fund was set up by the Dorking-based property developer, Stonegate Homes following a launch event in May at which these funds were raised.

‘We aim to help good causes in the areas where we operate and also live,’ says Jerry Hinds, one of the Fund’s trustees. ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be able to support such a wonderful charity and we look forward to working together in the future. The new Stonegate Foundation Community Fund is aimed at supporting those who are disadvantaged in the Dorking and Mole Valley area. We want to be successful and profitable but we also want to be a positive influence in the community.’