Chipstead Lake

Due to significant waiting lists for existing Cheshire homes in Kent and Sussex, fundraising to build Chipstead Lake Cheshire home started in 1969 under the presidency of Lord Sackville (Knole Park) and the chairmanship of the Rev. Ian Ogilvie (Sevenoaks School).

Sevenoaks was decided upon due to the growing population and its proximity to London. Fundraising was helped by the volunteer-run “Cheshire Smile Shop” in Sevenoaks (which moved locations frequently as free premises were offered) fundraising at Sevenoaks School, Walthamstow Hall School, Brands Hatch events and Knole Park.

Over £100,000 was raised and after much work a site was offered by three companies, Tilcon Ltd, Redland Gravel Ltd and Marley Tiles Co. Ltd. of nearly 5 acres. The purpose built home next to Chipstead Lake in Kent was opened in 1977.

Extensions were opened in 1980 by Lady Astor, 1988 by Leonard Cheshire and 1997 by Lord Wetherill. The last extension allowed for a Care at Home service and a day centre.