Our main source of income is from local councils who pay for our students education, and also board if a student lives with us during the week.
There are many things for which we always need additional funds like music teaching, sports facilities and equipment, specialist teaching equipment and repairing and improving our teaching spaces.
Please consider donating, fundraising or leaving a legacy. We are a charity and can increase the value of your efforts through Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer. Please scroll down for more information or donate NOW on-line via our My Donate page.
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Donate us your old car? Hamilton Lodge is now part of a scheme where you can donate your old car and we receive the benefit. Find out more from ‘Give a car’
Building a new future
Access – biggest improvements since 1945
In 2012 Hamiton Lodge launched exciting plans to make our teaching facilities fully accessible. The Master Plan involves the installation of a lift, ramps, accessible corridors and toilets, as well as classrooms that are better shaped for teaching Deaf students with much improved insulation and vital acoustics.
Head Teacher Graham Sheppard said; “Our school has provided excellent education and support for Deaf children since it started in 1945. However, the buildings are Victorian with a myriad of stairs in them. Our buildings are not currently suitable for some students with significant additional physical disabilities, we want to change that so we can teach students regardless of any physical disability. These £2.5 million plans will do that.”
To see a PDF of the existing and proposed wheelchair access to our educational buildings please click here: Wheelchair access
We have secured planning permission for the Master Plan – and work started on Phase 1 in April 2013.
Phase 1, consists of an extension to the Miles Building which will create more teaching and office space in our Further Education Department.
The works are being carried out in phases over the coming years in such a way as to avoid disruption to the school as much as possible, and so that funds for the works can be raised. This is the biggest improvement to our teaching environment since 1945 helping us to provide even better teaching and care for our students, please help us make that a reality by donating or fundraising for us.
Sports - floodlit multi-sports court
To coincide with the 2012 London Olympics & Paralympics Hamilton Lodge applied for and secured planning permission to build a floodlit multi-sports court, with 4 metre high fence, in the garden of no. 11. This sports court will be a great facility for our students; both for sports lessons and for ad-hoc games in the evenings. The total cost is £43,000. We want to have this facility in place within a year of the Olympics closing ceremony. Two charitable trusts have already pledged money towards the cost, can you help? No matter how small, any contribution will help us greatly.
Donate on-line or by post
Hamilton Lodge is registered with BT My Donate, unlike some better known on-line donation services we are not charged for this service - so all your money comes straight to us.
Please donate here: My Donate for Hamilton Lodge
If you prefer to send a cheque or postal order please make it payable to ‘Hamilton Lodge School & College’ and send it to us as at the address on the ’Contact us’ page along with your contact details, please let us know if you are a UK tax payer so that we can add Gift Aid to the donation, thank you.
Fundraising for Hamilton Lodge
You could take part in or organise almost any type of fundraising event for Hamilton Lodge. Whether it is washing a neighbours car or rowing across the Pacific Ocean you can make a difference. You can set up your own fundraising page on-line with My Donate (we can help you with that). Please tell us what you are planning so we can help get you extra sponsors via our website, social media and in our newsletter. Why not make a short video of your efforts so we can add something to our YouTube Channel?
A big thank you to all our fundraisers, here are just a few…….
Brighton Half Marathon 2013
Deaf & Partially Sighted (Usher Syndrome) runner, James Clarke, aged 35, ran the Brighton Half Marathon to raise funds for Hamilton Lodge. James has set a personal challenge by trying to accomplish 100 runner finisher medals. He received his 45th run medal at the Brighton Half Marathon. In addition to James we had 2 other charity runners in the Half Marathon; local resident Ahmed Koyes and former student and now School Governor Kabwe took part.
New York Marathon Carer
A Hamilton Lodge Care Officer ran the New York City Marathon on November 6th 2011 in aid of Hamilton Lodge. She raised over a thousand pounds through her My Donate page, and a lot in cash donations aswell. Thank you for your incredible efforts!
Rowing from Japan to the USA
In April 2009, Chris Martin & Mick Dawson set off from Choshi in Japan to row 5,100 statute miles to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. They successfully completed their journey and arrived in San Francisco on Friday 13th November 2009. Staff and pupils from Hamilton Lodge admire Mick and Chris for their tremendous effort and say a big ‘thank you’ as they have used the trip to raise money for Hamilton Lodge School.
In April 2011, Ovingdean Hall School Trustees agreed to fund our new Music Partnership Project. This project involves the Crew Club, a local youth project, working with our staff to provide music and music video classes for our students. You can see some of the resulting videos on our YouTube channel. Drumming lessons have proved particularly popular and loud! Thank you Ovingdean Hall School Trustees. Pictured: Stomp perform at the Crew Club marking the start of the partnership between Hamilton Lodge and the Crew Club.
In December 2011, staff at American Express in Brighton held a bake sale with the proceeds being donated to Hamilton Lodge. We hope you enjoyed the cakes and thank you for the money!
I leave next year. All I want to say is HLS is a fantastic school for deaf children….I am glad I went to this school
Holly aged 17