Grace Kimmins has been called many things: 'a genius', 'the greatest beggar in England', 'a small woman with a big heart','a pied piper', one of the greatest English women of the twentieth century', 'a goddess with a chuckle', 'a spiritual successor to Florence Nightingale'. Her enduring achievement was the founding of a craft school for disabled children from the Bermondsey slums at Chailey. Today, Chailey Heritage still stands proud in the Sussex countryside. But Grace had already achieved much in her life before she brought the first 7 boys down from London in 1903. She had worked as a Sister of the People out of the West London Mission, setting up both the Guild of Play and the Guild of the Brave Poor Things. She then moved to the Bermondsey Settlement where she expanded that work. She married Charles Kimmins, an educational psychologist. But her dream was to have a residential school in the countryside for the disabled. Grace Kimmins and her Chailey Heritage tells the story of how she made that dream a reality. To purchase a copy of the book, please click on the paypal button below. Don't worry if you don't have a paypal account, you will be offered the option to pay by debit or credit card. Please note the actual cost of the book is £10. P & P is £2.20. All proceeds from the sale of this new book are being donated to Chailey Heritage Foundation which continues today to do amazing work for children and young adults with complex needs. Any books ordered prior to the launch date of 12th October 2018 will be despatched on 13th October
Read the fascinating story of Grace Kimmins, from her social work in the Bermondsey slums in the 1890s, the founding of her unique craft school for disabled boys in Chailey, Sussex in 1903, through two World Wars, to the takeover of Chailey Heritage by the NHS in 1948.