Category Archives: Fundraising

VOTE NOW TO BOOST THE SWINDON DOWN’S SYNDROME GROUPS CHANCE OF WINNING SHARE OF £1MILLION FUND

The Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group is on the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot supporting under-18s nationwide but first they need online votes to win. 

Persimmon Homes Wessex is backing Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those winning the most online votes. 

Kim West representing The Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group said: “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night. 

The Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group is a parent-led volunteer group, run by 10 Trustees and we support around 100 families within the SN Postcode. If we were successful, the money will go towards our Speech and Language Therapy Project. 

For all of us, being able to communicate is a fundamental part of our ability to be part of our communities, workplaces and families. Regular Speech and Language Therapy gives our young people the opportunity to develop their speech and comprehension skills, enabling them to go on to achieve far more than might otherwise have been possible for the, and to become much better integrated into the community. 

We have seen the Speech and Language Therapy Service transforming the lives and prospects of our young people. We can only continue to provide this service if we are able to raise sufficient funds. We are therefore extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes to have been chosen as a regional finalist and if we were to win one of the top three prizes, it would secure this project for come considerable time”. 

Kim added: “Voting could not be simpler. Just visit to www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures and select Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group and vote for us we would really appreciate everyone’s support.” 

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children’s sport. 

Through Building Futures, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office. 

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB and the Persimmon Charitable Foundation enlisted the help of medallists Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner to help determine the three regional finalists for each business division. 

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote. 

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000. 

Online voting is now open and will close at midnight on September 27. 

To support the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group please visit: https://www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/finalists?categoryid=3#vote 

Recycle Your Ink Cartridges and Help Support Swindon Downs Syndrome Group

Did you know that you can help us raise funds simply by recycling your ink cartridges via our Recycle4Charity programme?

For each inkjet cartridge recycled via the programme we will receive a £1 donation, meaning you can help the environment whilst raising money for charity!

To start, all you need to do is go to the address shown below and sign up for your free account.

Register now at – http://www.recycle4charity.co.uk/Register/C2829

Wiltshire Police smash #Lotsofsocks target

Kim West, Chair of Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group and her daughter Sophie collect a cheque from Wiltshire Police

There was a great atmosphere this week at Wiltshire Police HQ in Devizes as Kim West and her daughter, Sophie, collected a cheque for £4,357.31. The special event was held to thank the twelve companies who supported our Down’s syndrome awareness campaign and bought #Lotsofsocks.

“It was a real honour and a privilege for Sophie and I to attend Wiltshire Police to thank the companies that raised this incredible amount of money through selling #Lotsofsocks back in March this year.”

The Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group would like to thank Royal Mail, Trowbridge Sorting Office, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Salisbury Police, Swindon Police, APD,Avon rubber plc, Devizes School, Wadworth Brewery (Devizes),Aster, Salisbury Fire Station,Fairfield Farm College and Wiltshire Police Devizes HQ themselves.

“Sophie presented each company with a certificate on behalf of the Group to thank them for their hard work and commitment. It was lovely to hear Chief Constable Kier Pritchard talk about how he had set a target for Roy Perrett to sell 1,000 pairs of socks and beat their 2018 total of 909. It’s fair to say Roy and his team smashed that target out of the water through their pure hard work and determination.”  

Roy did not work alone, he was helped by Jeremy, Luke, Edward and Vivien whom have Down’s syndrome but are all employed by Wiltshire Police through the WorkFit Programme.  Jeremy and Luke work at Devizes HQ, Vivien works for Swindon Police and Edward volunteers in the Police Records office in Salisbury.

Kim then spoke a little about WorkFit and was given the opportunity to thank everyone for the amazing amount of money raised, but more importantly, raising awareness of Down’s syndrome.  She said how seeing the community come together was really quite extraordinary and heart-warming.

The afternoon was then drawn to a close but not before Roy Perrett and Chief Constable Kier Pritchard stated next year was going to be even bigger and better so watch this space.

Thank you once again Wiltshire Police for your tremendous support.

Jumble Sale 10 February

Our next Jumble Sale is Saturday 10 February, 10am until 12noon at St.Barnabas Church, Gorse Hill. If you have any jumble you can donate or if you can spare some time to help on the day we would love to see you! All the money we raise on the day goes back to supporting all the great projects to support our young people with Down’s Syndrome.

Team Alex enter Santa Run

On a bright dry Sunday in December ‘Team Alex’ entered the 5K Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club Santa run to raise money for Swindon Downs Syndrome Association.

‘Team Alex’ was led by Alex Heathcote and supported by Mum Carol and Uncle Paul and spaniel Toby.

Alex, 23, had been looking for a personal challenge for a while and this fitted the bill. Alex is sporty and plays a lot of tennis and enjoys walks with the dogs but 5K at pace would mean significant effort. He set about his training and fundraising with gusto and with the support and sponsorship of friends and the staff and customers of The Prince Of Wales, Shrivenham where Alex works/volunteers.

Alex loved the whole experience including the Zumba warm up, the encouragement from the marshals along the way and the camaraderie of the event. He put his all into it especially the dash over the line.

Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group has given Alex a lot of support and introduced him to some great friends and it was a pleasure to watch him have so much fun giving something back.

Thank you to everyone who supported, sponsored and encouraged Alex to make his Santa Run so successful.

Swindon Santa Run

The 6th Phoenix Santa Run at Lydiard Park will be held on Sunday 3 December, benefiting the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Swindon Down Syndrome Group

Open to Adults, Children and the dog. Entry applications and payment in advance. Adult £15, Youth £8, Child £5, 4yrs and under Free, Dogs Free (but must be on a lead).

How to register and full event details will follow soon. Watch this space!

Jumble Sale 26 November

Our next jumble sale is Saturday 26 November at St. Barnabas Church Hall. Come along and support us on the day, we will have lots of items on sale, plus there is always the opportunity to stop for a homemade cake and cup of tea!
 
We are always looking for helpers on the day to setup, sell jumble and to clear away at the end. If you can spare an hour or so to help please email chair@www.swindondownsgroup.org.uk

Summer Raffle Winners

Congratulations to our Summer Raffle winners that were drawn on Tuesday 18 October. All winners are being contacted directly.

First Prize Chocolate Heaven Hamper

Winner – Gail Light

Second Prize Ladies Pamper Hamper

Winner – Rowena Stackman

Third Prize Bottle of Champagne & Truffles

Winner – Belinda Chandler

Thank you to Zurich Community Trust for donating the prizes for this years raffle we really appreciate your support.

How your money helps

We want people with Down’s syndrome to have the same opportunities as everyone else. We aim to support people with Down’s syndrome, providing information, help and activities to them and their families in Swindon and the surrounding area as well as raising awareness of Down’s syndrome in the community. We offer support from the moment a child is born right through to adulthood.

The money we raise goes directly to funding the services and activities we run. Find out more about how we support people with Down’s syndrome explore our website www.swindondownsgroup.org.uk

The sun comes out for Crown Inn Fun Day

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to the Crown Inn, Stratton yesterday to the family fun day and for supporting our charity. We raised a fantastic £524.56.

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Not only that, after the horrendous rain on Saturday we were graced with a beautiful afternoon of sunshine. Thank you to all those who helped make the day so enjoyable, entertained us with music, painted faces and ran the stalls. A special thank you to Danielle and Tanya for all your support. We had a fantastic time!

Our Group relies on donations from fundraising events just like this one. In order to continue to support our members as we do, we need to raise around £39,000 a year. Want to get involved? Email info@swindondownsgroup.org. uk

Crown Inn Fun Night & Rock & Roll Bingo

Come along to the Crown Inn Stratton on 13 July, from 7pm and enjoy a fun evening of Rock and Roll bingo and curry night. All monies raised will go to the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group. £5 from every curry will go the Group. Normal pub menu available on the night too. Booking recommended as Rock and Rock Bingo is very popular – call 01793 827530

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