Every person, every place has a story to tell and Sunfield is no exception. Our story begins more than twenty years ago. At the time, a need to establish a safe haven for intellectually disabled adults was identified.
Chris and Lynne Bennett, parents of a young girl with Down Syndrome, pursued their dream of a home for their daughter and other intellectually disabled young adults in the Western Cape. Together with a number of other parents they sought to identify a suitable location within an hour’s drive from Cape Town.
The beautiful and friendly town of Wellington was identified as the perfect place. Their dream became a reality when they founded Sunfield Wellington, nestled in the foothills of the Hawequa mountains at the start of the majestic Bainskloof Pass.
The doors officially opened in January 1991, with only seven residents. Today we provide a loving and nurturing environment for 96 residents and 10 day-care individuals of 18 to well over 70 years of age.
WHO ARE OUR RESIDENTS?
Our residents are intellectually disabled individuals who are unable to function without guidance and protection.
This diminished intellectual ability can be congenital, genetic, caused by injury at birth, motor vehicle accident, sickness or environmental deficiencies. Examples are Down Syndrome, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and oxygen deprivation at birth.