White Lodge Centre at Chertsey celebrates 60 Years

The centre’s history dates back to the early 1950s when a group of parents of children with cerebral palsy set up a small treatment centre in Worplesdon Village Hall.

They soon realised there was a very real need to create a purpose-built treatment centre and began a fundraising campaign.

The foundation stone, donated by St Peter’s Hospital, was laid at the present site in Chertsey in 1961. A year later, the Children’s Centre was completed and the first children were admitted.

A highlight of the new centre was the hydrotherapy pool, which was completed in 1964. The building was extended through the 1960s to provide more space and better therapy services.

A second extension to the building and a new hydrotherapy pool, was opened in 1980. In 1982, a former water pumping station adjacent to the site was given to White Lodge by North Surrey Water and work soon began to convert this into a centre for disabled adults, as a pilot project for the ‘Centre for Living’.

With this project up and running by 1983, negotiations began with the North West Surrey Health Authority to purchase a bungalow, also adjacent to the White Lodge site.

The ‘Space to be Me’ appeal was launched in 2004 with the aim of raising funds to replace The Cottage and The Adult Resource Centre. The £1.6 million needed to replace The Cottage was met through generous donations and work began in May 2005 on Treetops, a purpose-built facility offering essential leisure activity breaks for up to six young children aged up to 12 years in a home-from-home environment.

Completed in May 2006, this fabulous new building was officially opened in September 2006, by Ted Gostling, President Emeritus of the ACT Foundation, which supported the construction of the building a £1 million donation.

After a successful major capital appeal, the White Lodge Centre officially opened Rendezvous, their adult resource centre, in October 2008.

This state-of-the-art building was designed with their adult members in mind and reflects White Lodge’s dedication and commitment to the continued support and growth of all those who use it.

By 2017, their 55th anniversary, they supported over 2,500 disabled children, their families and carers in the modern purpose built buildings and landscaped grounds you see today!

They are aiming to raise £60,000 for their 60th anniversary to support their most critical and growing services. For more information visit the White Lodge website www.whitelodgecentre.co.uk