Five colleagues completed a 13.8-mile walk along the Kennet and Avon canal footpath on Sunday 13 June 2021.
With the school summer holiday season rapidly approaching, Newbury Building Society presented local charity, Challengers, a cheque for £500 to help with the activity costs of its Alton-based summer playscheme.
The one-off cash injection will support 70 disabled children who attend Alton’s playscheme and will go towards new equipment, materials and items used for activities such as baking, sports and arts and crafts. It is through these activities the charity ensures everyone is included in playtime and having fun.
Pippa Barker, Corporate Fundraising Officer at Challengers said: “The grant will be used towards our Alton playscheme which is a place for disabled children to feel truly included, make friends and try a range of different activities. Many of the children that use our playscheme have been excluded from other providers, and that is why it is so important to receive grants like this in order that we can continue to support any child, regardless of how complex or challenging their impairment is.”
Pippa continued: “We are very grateful to Newbury Building Society for choosing to support Challengers. This scheme gives local disabled children the chance to take part in new and exciting activities. Without support from local businesses like Newbury Building Society we wouldn’t be able to continue this worthwhile work.”
Emma Simms, Marketing and Communications Manager at Newbury Building Society said: “The communities in which our branch network operates form the heart of the Society. We are committed to giving something back to the communities in which our members and staff live and work, and pride ourselves on being a local institution. Challengers is once such scheme which plays and important part in ensuring children and young people living with disabilities are not excluded from socialising with others. We are delighted to present a cheque for £500 to go towards activity costs to ensure the playscheme is as well-equipped as possible to ensure those attending enjoy themselves.”
The Community Support scheme, which was launched in 2017, provides financial assistance to a wide range of local organisations involved in improving community life within its branch towns. Typical award amounts start from £100 with a cap of £500. Applications for the Society’s Community Support scheme funding are considered twice a year in May and November, and an application form can be found on the dedicated webpage. Projects that promote and encourage sporting activity and in the arts, support education and development, and benefit the local environment within the Society’s branch towns will be considered.
Challengers (1095134) charity covering the South East of England who remove the barriers to play for disabled children and young people, providing a safe, fun and inclusive environment for all.