After being diagnosed as suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Ann Charlton founded the East Cleveland Branch of the M.S. Group. Shortly afterwards, she realised the need for a long term care home for M.S. sufferers.
Ann started raising money to build a long term care home in Redcar. This became a registered charity and thanks to the generosity of firms, the general public, and the then Langbaurgh Borough Council, it only took five years to raise sufficient money to build and equip the initial phase of a purpose designed, care lodge.
Named to honour the charity founder, Ann Charlton Lodge welcomed its first visitors in January 1992 and was officially opened by Paul Daniels in August of the same year.
Although Ann Charlton Lodge is primarily designed for M.S. sufferers, people with other disorders of the central nervous system are welcomed.