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What we’ve been up to: July 2022

July 1, 2022

8th July

We were just beyond delighted to be charity partners with Bournefree. The family night was so inclusive and a Mobiloo was booked too. We provided 2 sensory tents and sensory bags to those who needed them. This is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for us and also enables us to spread the word. A huge thank you to all the amazing Trustees of Bournefree.

11th July

Inspired by the Children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen the amazing team at Think completed their 15.5 mile hike in the relentless sun along the beautiful Dorset coast yesterday.

Even with the added challenge of one of the team dressed in the Dorsey Bear suit and navigating a weighted wheelchair along the rocky and narrow paths they still managed to stay in high spirits and raised over £6,000 so far for The Dorset Children’s Foundation!

It’s thanks to amazing people like these that we can continue our vital work to support local disabled children.

So thank you to the incredible team there and to all their friends, family and colleagues for all the generous donations and support.

Dorsey is having a well deserved day off today!

15th July

Please all give a very warm welcome to our wonderful new Patrons Malcolm and Jenny Jefferies. Many of you will know them from their work with Bournemouth Rotary and for their outstanding charity work. They work tirelessly behind the scenes and whenever we need help from bucket shaking to tombola selling, first in line are Malcolm and Jenny . We are beyond delighted to have such lovely, kind and genuinely good people to represent us.

20th July

It’s Changing Places UK awareness day.

I can’t stress how much these facilities are needed.

Can you imagine being out for a family day out, but having to cut that whole day short just because one of you needs the toilet?
Now that Paddy is a big heavy teenager, there is no way I can change him without using a hoist and changing bench, without these facilities we can’t go anywhere for more than 2-4hrs. The lack of changing places doesn’t just cause problems for Paddy but it causes friction between him and his sisters and brother who are forever hearing the phrase ‘we have to leave in a minute, Paddy needs a toilet’.

There should be changing facilities in all large public buildings, all leisure and tourist attractions and at least one in every town. Our town in Christchurch has none. There’s loads of fun stuff in Christchurch for families at this time of year, food festival, carnival, music festivals etc…circus, funfairs…if we want to go to any of these we can only go for a fraction of the time we would like to just because of the lack of changing facilities. We can’t be the only family affected?!!
BCP Council please consider the impact the lack of these facilities has on families and do something about it. Regardless of whether the central government dish out any more grants (which you failed to apply for last time around), maybe before you spend tens of thousands to provide beach bbq’s or fancy sculptures you might stop to think whether that money could be spent on providing these facilities.

22 July

Thank you to Dorset Biz news for featuring on their front page the amazing challenge from our friends at Think Areo who raised over £6000 for us. A truly amazing feat.<>

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