The Smilers do Climbing!

The Smilers do Climbing!

On Thursday 29th May our Smilers group met at Leeds Climbing Wall… it was a relaxed and fun session… some people had climbed before and for others it was their first time climbing.

Everyone was amazing… whether they took their first steps off the ground or whether they climbed to the top of a wall… so much confidence, enthusiasm and courage… what a lovely group!

Here are some photos of them in action!

Climbing 1

Climbing 4

climbing 3

Yorkshire Evening Post Article

Yorkshire Evening Post Article

There was a lovely article in the Yorkshire Evening Post in May about the fabulous grant we received from Jimbo’s fund… please have a look at the link if you would like to read it. The picture on the article was taken a little while ago and both Ethan and Orla are a lot bigger now and still come to the groups which is great!

Since we received the grant we have been putting together job descriptions for sessional staff and a coordinator posts (all on a self-employed basis) which we will be sending out soon. We have also been able to partially fund the trip to Disability Rocks on 7th June and we have arranged transport and interpreting services for two families to access support via our groups or on a one to one basis… here’s looking to future and what else we can do over the next year…

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/sunshine-and-smiles-after-20k-cash-boost-1-6594074

Leeds University Raise and Give Presentation – Josh receives a big cheque!!

Leeds University Raise and Give Presentation – Josh receives a big cheque!!

On Friday 2nd of June we were invited to attend Leeds University Raise and Give Presentation to talk about the work that Sunshine and Smiles does and to collect an award of £475.00 to go towards our Speech and Language sessions.

It was a wonderful afternoon listening to so many people talking about the amazing work that happens in Leeds and we were very pleased that Josh was there to collect our cheque.

Thank you to Leeds University Raise and Give… your award to us will pay for 11 Speech and Language sessions over the next year.

Thank You Michelle… you are amazing!!

Thank You Michelle… you are amazing!!

On 11th May Michelle Marriott ran her first half-marathon … here in Leeds.

She was fundraising for Sunshine and Smiles, in her own words:

1). to help provide more opportunities for my gorgeous nephew Luke and other children with Down syndrome so they can meet their maximum potential in life.

2). To enable the charity to continue providing the much needed peer support and advice to families as we’ve seen how important it is for us and for other families out there.

Michelle finished her half-marathon in a fantastic time and has raised a fabulous £940.00 so far…. we are very

Many, Many Thank You’s

Many, Many Thank You’s

We have so many people to be grateful to this month and to make sure they all get a mention in our newsletter this is a big thank you post!!!

To Heather, Jonathan and Sophie Astin and their family and friends; David Astin, Chris Goodall, Helen and Hilary from 2 Up 2 Down, Kay Storey and The Farleys … all of whom have made donations of their time or money to support Sunshine and Smiles… thank you all!!

To Sarah, Bobby and Billy Burn and their family, in particular Mo Burn and Judy Mattocks … and Taylor’s of Harrogate… who have donated over £1000 to go towards equipment and resources for the groups… thank you so much!!!

To Cash for Kids who awarded us £466.00 which has provided us with a Wii and lots of fantastic games for family sessions and for The Smilers group.

To Gildersome Baptist Church who will be partnering us over the next 12 months to provide donations such as squash, tea, coffee and arts & crafts materials for all our groups and sessions.

All of the money and items that people donate to us goes directly into funding and supporting activities, group sessions, equipment and resources for the organisation…. we can’t thank you enough!!!