History of St Loye’s
How we started…
The Foundation was started in 1937 by a powerful and charismatic Devon woman, Dame Georgiana Buller. Following a fall from her horse she suffered a severe injury to her spine. She realised how difficult life was for people with disabilities, particularly if they were unable to work and support themselves. 75 years on we are still successfully helping thousands of people with disabilities or long term ill health.
We are honoured to have as our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty has visited us on several occasions, most recently in March 2010.
Watch Her Majesty The Queen on her visit to Exeter:
We are also privileged that our President fully understands the difficulties people with disabilities encounter, based on his own experiences.
Chris Moon- President of St Loye’s Foundation
“I never thought it would happen to me”
I lost my lower right arm and leg clearing land mines in Mozambique. I survived against the odds and then, just like others disabled by accident or illness, I wondered, ‘Will I ever be able to work again?’
Thousands among us every year struggle to recover after losing a job through ill health, but realising you might never work again takes its toll on victim and family alike. Through effort and education I rebuilt my life and this has made me aware of the vital importance of the work of St Loye’s Foundation, training men and women with disabilities for employment and an independent future with hope and dignity.
After St Loye’s Foundation training the vast majority find work, but this training costs money. Up to date equipment is needed to learn a new trade and is very expensive. A donation no matter how small would greatly help towards returning a disabled person to open employment.
Chris Moon MBE President 2000 -