The Foundation

In 2017, David Forbes-Nixon and the board of the DFN Charitable Foundation have set three audacious goals for the Foundation to achieve over the next 10 years:

1.  To create an employability skills programme which will significantly improve the employment prospects of young people with special education needs.*

2.  To create a world class special needs school at Undershaw/Stepping Stones.

3.  To fund research to find a cure for myeloma.

*This is operated from DFN Project SEARCH ( which holds and runs the Master Franchise Agreement and sites for Project SEARCH in the UK and parts of Europe and runs the DFN MoveForward programme in the UK.


Special Education

The DFN Charitable Foundation purchased Undershaw Hotel in Hindhead in September 2014, in order to create a world class special needs school. 
Undershaw is the former residence of the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and once restored will provide a spacious, bright and positive environment for the students to continue onto the next stages of their education and development.


Undershaw: One Year Opening Party

Find out more about DFN Charitable Foundation, and all our plans for Undershaw in our latest video update