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Shaftesbury / Carruthers Corfield House Home, Rustington, Sussex

The Shaftesbury House Home was opened by the Children's Society (formerly the Waifs and Strays Society) in 1951 on Shaftesbury Road, Rustington. The home was used as a hostel for children with diabetes, the third to be established by the Society along with St George's at Kersal near Manchester, and St Monica's at Kingsdown in Kent.

Around 20 children aged from 8 to 16 were accommodated at the hostel. The younger residents slept in small dormitories. The older ones had their own room and were taught skills such as cooking and how to plan their own diet, to prepare them for living independently.

In 1963, the hostel was renamed Carruthers Corfield House to mark the ninetieth birthday of the home's medical advisor.

In 1971, the home was converted for use a Family Home, with the matron and children from the nearby Fairlight taking up residence.

The home is believed to have finally closed in around 1981. The property no longer exists.


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