Category Archives: Fundraising

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

SDSG Bingo Night Poster

Stratton Fire Station Open Day

Stratton Fire Station are hosting an open day on Saturday 9 July between 12 and 4pm. Enjoy looking around the fire appliances, there will be demonstrations, food stalls, tombola, face painting and much more. A share of the money raised will be donated to the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group. Please come along and support us. Also if you can spare any time to volunteer on the day please let us know.

Fire Station Open Day

SDSG TO BE SUPPORTED BY GLOBAL’S MAKE SOME NOISE

Swindon Downs Syndrome Group has been selected as one of this year’s beneficiaries to receive funding and support through Global’s Make Some Noise.

The Swindon Downs Syndrome Group are a parent-led charity supporting people with Down’s Syndrome, their families, carers and all those with an interest in Down’s Syndrome in Swindon and the surrounding area. They provide support and information, weekly speech and language therapy, resource packs, training days, sports lessons, coffee afternoons, outings, trips and parties.

Global’s Make Some Noise was created by Global, the media & entertainment group. The charity unites all of Global’s brands, including Heart, Capital, Capital XTRA, Radio X, Classic FM, LBC, Smooth and Gold, to give a voice to small charities and projects across the UK which struggle to raise awareness.

On FridayOctober 7th 2016, Global will unite its brands and friends from the world of media and entertainment to give a voice tosmall charities and projects across the UK that struggle to raise awareness.

Emma Bradley, director of Global’s Make Some Noise, said: “More than 24 million people tune in to Global’sradio brands every week with millions more engaging with us through out digital platforms. This puts us in an fantastic position to help charities and projects that would otherwise struggle to raise awareness. We’re so pleased that we’re able to support the Swindon Downs Syndrome Group this year.”