The best thing about working at White Lodge for me, is being able to see that you have made a difference to a persons day, whether it be providing respite to parents, or by spending the day with a child, and seeing that you have been able to put a smile on their face, there is nothing more rewarding!
Playworker - Play and Youth Clubs
The best thing about working at White Lodge is making people’s day worthwhile. Putting a smile on someone’s face because they can do an activity independently, learning something new or just simply enjoy to socialise with friends, gives me the energy to work at Rendezvous; it makes my day worthwhile as well.
Inge Van der Kraan,
Senior Adult Day Activities Assistant
The best thing about working at White Lodge is seeing the Children achieve their goals, whether it’s big or small. The relationships and trust you build with the parents so they know their children are happy and secure. The people in all departments are committed to making White Lodge the success it is.
Friendly atmosphere where everyone bends over backwards to help.
Senior Maintenance Operative
The opportunities to grow as a professional are endless; the levels of training offered and the amount of exciting projects to be involved with is huge that no year is the same working here.
Play & Youth Clubs Co-ordinator
Seeing the benefits and difference that White Lodge can make to the lives of the people that attend here, as well as the support and understanding that is offered to them.
My daughter attended nursery for a couple of years and during that time achieved so much more than we expected of her. The team of staff and therapists really believed in her potential when many other professionals didn’t. In the last year her sibling was able to attend as well – the only time they will experience being in an educational setting together. I wanted to give something back and I am extremely proud to have become a trustee for this amazing charity.
There is nothing more rewarding than helping to enable ability in children and adults through the fantastic work that White Lodge does. My experience in neurotrauma means I can offer insights into the needs of those who come to White Lodge with their families and help them to continue their progress in everyday life skills.
My relationship with White Lodge started when I was three years old when I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
I attended White Lodge up till the age of seven and have been heavily involved with White Lodge ever since.
It is a privilege to be able to give something back through my role of a Trustee for all the help / support White Lodge has provided me and many other individuals / families.
We are proud to introduce the Patrons of White Lodge.
Bernard and Gill Cribbins
Sir Cliff Richard OBE
Penelope Keith OBE, DL
Philip Hammond MP
Guy Beringer CBE
Dr Jean Bowyer FRCP, FRCPCH
Chesney and Krissy Hawkes
Rachel Morris MBE
I am proud to be a Patron of White Lodge, a centre of excellence, and to support the wonderful work they do caring for children, young people and adults, with a diverse range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy.
I was lucky enough to go to school at White Lodge when I was a child and I believe the nurturing and support I received there contributed hugely to my self-belief and confidence to pursue my dreams. We’ve continued to be a great support to each other over the years and I’m very proud to welcome White Lodge as a Superhero Series Charity Friend and prouder still to be invited to be a White Lodge Patron.
In 2009, while considering which local charity to support, my curiosity got the better of me. The three unique buildings on the corner of Holloway Hill in Chertsey, which make up White Lodge, had intrigued me for many years, so I made contact and arranged a visit. During a tour of the facilities I met some of the children and adults who attend. I was moved beyond words by the courage and determination that I witnessed. I realised what an important role the centre has in the community and the invaluable support it offers to families as well as those with a disability. I had seen nothing like it before, so my decision to support the White Lodge was an easy one.
A decade on, and now as a Patron, I am as passionate as ever about the work that goes on at the centre. I am actively involved in fundraising, organising events, promoting awareness and providing support in any way that I can.