Transforming Lives Appeal

At Seashell Trust, we're here to make things happen. The day when a vulnerable or disabled child or young person arrives at Seashell is the day everything starts to change. We make a real difference to the lives of those with a combination of deafness, blindness, autism, physical disabilities, multiple learning difficulties or significant brain damage. Now we want to do more for the families who need us most.

Mark Geraghty
Chief Executive & Principal

Sometimes, making things happen means making big choices. To help us continue and extend our work, our big choice has been to create a National Centre of Excellence that will help us reach out to many more families across the UK, so that families don't endure a system that rewards failure and disincentivises early intervention.

The Seashell Trust vision is that by 2020 we will be able to support any child and family in the UK that needs our specialised support. The new centre will enable us to transform the lives and communication of children with the most complex needs so that they and their families can enjoy bright, positive futures.

To achieve this, we are embarking on a major transformation plan that by 2020 will see £45 million worth of investment to build a new state-of-the-art Royal School Manchester and associated campus facilities which will be open to the community.

The Council for Disabled Children wholeheartedly supports Seashell Trust's ambition to establish a national centre for young people with the most complex communication difficulties. From our discussions with the parents/carers of children and young people with such profound disabilities I know how isolated they can feel. A specialist centre designed to meet their very specific needs will be welcomed by the CDC, parents, carers and professionals alike.

Dame Christine Lenahan
Chief Executive, Council for Disabled Children

The Stoller Charitable Trust is grateful for the opportunity to salute the dedication of the staff at Seashell and to associate ourselves with such a worthy cause.

Sir Norman Stoller CBE DL
Stoller Charitable Trust

The first step of our site transformation was to build Sir Norman Stoller Way, a community of 17 home-from-home houses, which we achieved ahead of schedule thanks to the remarkable generosity of a number of philanthropists, companies, trusts and foundations.

Now our priority is to attract the support of like-minded individuals and organisations with the ability to make leadership gifts, share their business acumen and influence others.

We have set the bar high but without this level of ambition, many of the UK's most vulnerable children are at risk of being left behind. We hope you will feel compelled to become one of our founding campaign partners to help us achieve our vision.