In honour of our President, Dame Vera Lynn's 100th Anniversary, we have launched the #VERA100 Campaign to raise £10,000 to purchase a 'magic carpet' for our children to use at our Dame Vera Lynn Children's Centre.

A 'magic carpet' is a fantastic interactive resource for the children which projects moving images onto any surface, allowing children to engage and play with them through a multitude of control devices, including their own torch. This interactive piece of equipment enables children to enter an exciting virtual world where they can feed the fish in a pond, scatter leaves in the air and play with the stars. In addition to our hands-on early intervention service, we also want to give our children the means to start to access the world outside and by having a magic carpet, this engages the children; they are having fun and learning to do things that they might not otherwise ever be able to do.

We are asking our supporters, community and companies to get involved in helping us to raise these funds. People can get involved in whatever way they like, from holding a cake sale, to having a dress-down day at work or organising a quiz night. Every penny raised will go directly to the #VERA100 campaign so we can buy our magic carpet.  

Clifford Dann Estate Agents in Ditchling are the first company to get involved; they organised a coffee morning and prize draw at their office on 8th March to win two tickets to the Dame Vera Lynn Tribute concert at the London Palladium on 18th March.  

Andrew Worrell from Clifford Dann said: "As a parent I think the work the Charity does is essential. The magic carpet will give the children a great way to use all their senses to interact with the world around them."

You can make a donation to the VERA100 campaign by clicking here and add your birthday message to Dame Vera. You can also text 'VERA00' plus their donation amount to '70070'. 

Help us 'spread the word' by sharing #VERA100 on facebook and twitter.  Send us your stories and photos of how you raised your funds and we will share them on our website and social media pages. 

If you would like further information on how you can get involved please contact a member of our fundraising team on 01444 473274 or email


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