Friends of Oakdown Trust

The Friends of Oakdown Trust was founded over 30 years ago by a small but dedicated group of relatives to raise funds to provide extra support for our residents that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Over the years the support from ‘The Friends’ has been amazing. Since fundraising began they have raised and donated over £100,000 in sensory, musical and garden equipment as well as diverse, accessible entertainment. A big achievement for a little charity!

More recently they set their most ambitious ever fund-raising goal yet and have raised over £40,000 to build a hydrotherapy swim spa & cabin. This amazing facility will enable all of our residents to access an on-site swim spa pool, with the added benefits of full disabled access, overhead tracking hoists and a fully accessible changing area. Not only will the pool add a great deal to our residents’ sensory experience, but the swim jets will also help the more able with exercise and the warm water jets will provide a safe environment for gentle physio and stretching exercises.

Despite an unavoidable delay due to the pandemic the pool project is almost at the end of the first stage of construction and ‘The Friends’ hope that it will be in outdoor use by late summer 2021.

The next fundraising drive will be to complete the timber frame pool house build so it becomes a year-round facility for the residents.

If you would like to support the Friends of Oakdown Trust or make a donation please contact the charity treasurer, Michelle Baird, at

We ask our donors to kindly fill in a Gift Aid tax relief form when making any donation to the Trust, as we are then able to claim back 25% in tax relief on top of your donation. Every penny counts!

Friends of Oakdown Trust, Reg. Charity no. 1082220

Contact Us

If you would like more information, or to find out about current vacancies then please contact the registered manager.

Oakdown House
Niki Butcher
01435 883492

Carricks Brook
Tina O’Callaghan
01435 831179

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