Category Archives: Fundraising

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

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

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 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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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


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.”



We say farewell and a huge thank you to Sainsbury’s Bridgemead

Wednesday 25 May 2016 was a sad day as we said goodbye to the incredible management and staff at Sainsbury’s Bridgmead after two years as their Charity of the Year. The final total for this year was revealed on Wednesday. This year they have managed to raise an incredible £7,000 which brings our total for both years to £20,000.

We would like thank the all the Sainsbury’s Bridgmead staff for being amazing and raising this incredible amount of money for our Group. We have made some wonderful friends and we will miss them all very much. The biggest thank you needs to go to the customers at Sainsbury’s Bridgemead. They have been remarkable! They’ve taken us into their hearts and as a Group we would like to thank them for supporting us.

Thank you to each and every one of our members and their families who have given up their time and helped at the various fundraising events held across the 2 years. Without your support we would not have been able to achieve this unbelievable amount.

We hope you will join us in wishing the next charity of the year all the very best from everyone here at The Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group.

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