The Sargood Story
Frederick George Sargood purchases a magnificent block of waterfront land at Collaroy and builds a sandstone beach house.
The remainder of the current site is gifted to the Hospital either directly or using publically donated funds. The Children’s Annexe is opened by the Governor of NSW, Sir Walter Davidson, in the presence of Frederick Sargood and his wife Lillian.
With the help and support of volunteers from the community, thousands of children suffering from TB and polio are nursed back to health. Donations enable the Collaroy Children’s Convalescent Home Annexe to be expanded.
A vaccination for Polio and TB had been introduced and the site is declared “surplus to requirements” by the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. NSW Disability Services use the site to run a day centre for people with intellectual disabilities. Successive governments attempt to rezone the land for sale as a high-rise development.
The Collaroy Community Group (now the Sargood Foundation) is formed. Its vision is to continue the land’s original purpose as a place of healing. The Foundation identified spinal cord injury rehabilitation as a primary usage and ran workshops to ascertain user design requirements for a world first facility. The Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, facilitated raising in excess of $20 million for the design and construction of the facility.
The land is transferred to the NSW Lifetime Care and Support Authority (now icare) for the sole use of Sargood on Collaroy, to be governed via a unique partnership between the Lifetime Care and Support Authority (50%), and Private Benefactor (25%) and the Sargood Foundation, representing the community (25%).
Construction begins and Royal Rehab is appointed as the operator of the facility with mutually agreed objectives for achieving world first outcomes.
On December 2, 2016, Sargood on Collaroy is officially opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird. On March, 1 2017, the first guests arrive. The Foundation continues to raise funds to finance guest stays, upgrade equipment an create education programs encouraging the pathway to independence and return to employment.
2017 – 2018
Initiated and supported by the Sargood Foundation, Sargood on Collaroy brings to life the vision of the Collaroy Community Group to provide a place of healing. Sargood on Collaroy has evolved through partnerships with donors, Government and community organisations to become a vibrant facility; a one-of-a-kind hub for people living with a spinal cord injury.