Thank you for taking part in our Sensory Trail at Hatchlands Park and for scanning one of the Trail QR codes.

As well as being fun, the Sensory Trail is designed to be accessible to all and provides an insight into making life more inclusive through different sensory experiences and communication methods, many of which are part of day to day life at Cherry Trees.

Providing sensory play for our children is really important. Such play gives children an opportunity to build confidence, develop communication skills, and helps them to process the world around them. All of which forms a fundamental part of the care we provide.  

What we do

Caring for a child with a complex disability can be exhausting, isolating and emotionally and physically challenging. Without the provision for short break care to rest and re-energise, these families are at greater risk of breaking down.

Cherry Trees provides home from home care for children with complex disabilities and a meaningful break for their families, all across Surrey and the surrounding counties. 

Last year, Cherry Trees provided a lifeline to 75 families by providing 1,512 sleepovers and 603 tea or day visits. On top of this core care, we ran five parent and staff wellbeing days, and provided small but vital financial grants through our bursary and welfare funds. These additional services ensure our families receive the physical, emotional and financial support they need.

Providing this lifeline costs £1.3m a year. This is part funded by the local authority but costs, on average, an additional £4.25 per hour of care.

Getting involved

You have already shown your support by taking part in our Sensory Trail, but we wanted to share other ways you can get involved, here are just a few

  • Make a donation - you can do this via our donate button with the option for a one-off gift or a more regular monthly donation. 
  • Attend an event – from informal opera to Christmas markets, find something that suits you on our events listings
  • Fundraise for us – from coffee mornings to climbing mountains, there is literally no limit to what you can do to raise funds. See our challenge events and fundraising ideas pages for more ideas. 
  • Stay connected – you can follow us across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and sign up to our monthly e-news, Cherry Bite.

Thank you again for your support.

It is only through the generosity of people like you that we can continue to provide home from home care for children with complex disabilities, providing the best experiences for every child and family who rely on us.

We hope that you are enjoying exploring our Sensory Trail at Hatchlands Park.