Our story all started with Mary Kahan, a compassionate individual, who found herself in Chessington at a time when vulnerable people were being discharged from large institutions (known back then as Care in the Community), and it became evident to many that these vulnerable people were in our local communities with less support than they were used to…
Our incredible journey began when Mary Kahan founded our beloved charity. With a heart full of compassion, Mary set out to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
We opened our very first charity shop, bustling with excitement and hope. It became a hub of generosity, where people could donate and shop for a good cause.
Mental Aid Projects officially became a registered charity, focusing on providing vital support for individuals struggling with mental health challenges. Our mission expanded, and our impact grew stronger.
Social Services faced their first monetary cut-back, which unfortunately prevented the opening of Fircroft House in Ditton Road. Instead, we doubled down on our efforts to prevent hospitalisation and help reintegrate people into their local communities.
To make our services even more accessible, we extended our support by providing assistance one evening a week. We wanted to be there for those who needed us.
In 2008, we launched an appeal to purchase an unlicensed pub. Our dream was to transform it into houses specifically designed for people with learning disabilities and complex needs. We believed that everyone deserved a safe and supportive place to call home.
The appeal touched hearts far and wide, and in 2011, we broke ground, laying the foundation for a brighter future. It was an exciting step towards turning our vision into a reality.
Finally, in 2012, we proudly moved into the newly constructed houses. It was a moment of triumph, knowing that we had created a space where individuals with disabilities could thrive.
Fast forward to 2021 when we embarked on a refurbishment project at Ditton Road. We wanted to improve our facilities and create an even more welcoming environment for those we serve.
2023 also brings a fresh new look for The Fircroft Trust. We've given ourselves a makeover, revamping our website to reflect our incredible Charity.