The Chaseley Trust is a Registered Charity
formed in 1946 following the donation of a large property
in Eastbourne and £50,000 by benefactor Lady Michaelis.
Originally intended by the donor to house blind war veterans, Dr
Ludwig Guttmann (later Sir Ludwig), a leading authority on the
treatment and rehabilitation of patients with spinal injuries, and
founder of the Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, was
instrumental in persuading Lady Michaelis that the home should be
established for paraplegic war veterans, whose long-terms needs
were not being met elsewhere.
Dr Guttmann became Chaseley's Medical
Consultant and a close link with Stoke Mandeville Hospital was
maintained for many years, with patients often transferring to
Chaseley. Some of Chaseley's residents still return to Stoke
Mandeville for annual assessments.
Later the charity's objects were expanded to
include people from all walks of life and with all types of severe
physical disability, although priority is still given to currently
serving and former service personnel and their
Chaseley became a member of the
2001 – an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Ireland
with over 50 years experience in providing services for people with
You can download our annual report and
financial statements on our links
and downloads page.