Do you want to raise donations for Sunshine & Smiles?

Are you looking for a personal challenge, to do something that makes a difference or just a bit of motivation to get out more?

Please help us to raise much needed funds to sustain all of the groups & activities that we currently run and to help us meet the ongoing demand for Speech & Language sessions and develop other areas of support such as Education Health & Care plans, physiotherapy & occupational therapy.

Would you like to run the Leeds 10K for Sunshine & Smiles? It’s taking place on 7 July and we have places for any of our supporters! Find out more by clicking the picture.
Great North Run 2017
The Great North Run on Sunday 8th September 2019! Places cost £60 and we can send you sponsor forms and a link to set up your own fundraising page, plus the support of a lovely Sunshine & Smiles team! Click the picture to find out more!
3 peaks
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a demanding but rewarding 24.5 mile walk which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. We are going on 22nd June and we would love for you to join us! Find out more by clicking the photo.

Thank You!

Thank You!

Every penny donated to Sunshine & Smiles goes directly towards the vital support we offer to our children, young people and families; whether it is Speech & Language sessions, fruit and milk for our baby group, transport for families, or paying our trained staff to support families or help our young adults into training and work.

We are so grateful for every donation we receive and it’s those moments of generosity that enable us to continue to support more people every day.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to some people who have recently shown their support.

Thank you George & Francis for representing this week at Engage, who have selected us as one of their charities – Thank you!
Thank you Sacco Mann for hosting a bake sale to raise money for Sunshine & Smiles.
Thank you World of Their Own for giving us a free private session today!

 

Adela Cut Her Hair for Sunshine & Smiles

Adela Cut Her Hair for Sunshine & Smiles

adelaThank you Adela Parzanese Guerrero for raising £115 for Sunshine & Smiles, as part of donating your hair to the Princess Trust Foundation.

Adela is one of our parents and big part of the Sunshine & Smiles team, and we thank you for raising awareness of the charity and raising money too.

She said,

My beautiful and talented friend Yvonne Hall had the crazy job to cut my hair today so I could donate it to a great cause which it the Princess Trust Foundation, but also to help me raise awareness and Funds for Valentino’s two support groups! She didn’t charge me but she decided to donate the money that I would have paid her to the Gofundme page I created. Please please do donate and help me raise as much as you can or share the link. 

Valentino and his friends and many more within the community benefit from this money which goes for family swim sessions, balance bike rides, speech and language, dancing, football among others. Thank you all who watched the live event and for your lovely compliments! 

The target for Adela’s fundraiser is £200 and if you would like to be involved, you can find her page here – Gofundme

Watch Adela getting the chop here too! – Facebook Live

 

Our Raffle Winner Is…

Our Raffle Winner Is…

Congratulations to Katie Matthews who is the lucky winner of the Aria Diffuser and the Neal’s Yard Remedies essential oils!

francisWe wanted to raise money in March to celebrate World Down Syndrome day, and so opened up the raffle to the public with each ticket costing £1.

Thank you everyone for taking part! We have raised £86.50 that will go to Sunshine and Smiles Down Syndrome Support Group.

Thank you Francis for drawing the winner, and thanks to Adela for donating the diffuser 🙂

 

Thank You!

Every penny donated to Sunshine & Smiles goes directly towards the vital support we offer to our children, young people and families; whether it is Speech & Language sessions, fruit and milk for our baby group, transport for families, or paying our trained staff to support families or help our young adults into training and work.

We are so grateful for every donation we receive and it’s those moments of generosity that enable us to continue to support more people every day.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to some people who have recently shown their support.

Thank you Gemma Toye & Jack Toye for raising over £210 for Sunshine & Smiles
Thank you Churwell Primary School for celebrating World Down Syndrome Day and raising £476.39
Thank You Carers Leeds for celebrating WDSD with a bake off and fund raising for Sunshine & Smiles

 

Changes to Sunshine FC

We are very pleased that due to the popularity of the sessions we are now going to have two football groups. The juniors which will be a session for approximately ages 4 to 9, and the intermediate group which will be for ages 9 to 16 years old. We will hold the junior group on a separate Sunday to the intermediate sessions starting after Easter. All sessions will still be 10am-11am at Football World. The session dates are as follows:football

  • Apr 28 Junior
  • May 12 intermediate
  • May 19 junior
  • June 2 intermediate
  • June 9 junior
  • June 23 intermediate
  • June 30 junior
  • July 14 intermediate
  • July 21 junior

Mark and Simon are the coaches at both sessions. For further information about the sessions please don’t hesitate to contact Joanna Rowlands: joannarowlands@hotmail.co.uk

If anyone attending the junior sessions regularly would be happy to act as the contact person for ensuring a register is taken at each session and also taking registration forms to be completed for new players please contact Ailith Harley-Roberts: ailith@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk

Welcome To Our New 21 Co. Website!

Welcome To Our New 21 Co. Website!

At Sunshine & Smiles we aim to give people with Down Syndrome the opportunity to develop and achieve.

One of our more recent projects was the opening of 21 co. Shop and Café. We opened in January 2019 and it has been a phenomenal 3 months of learning and growing. We would like to share our new website for 21 co. where you can find out more about the Café, as well as checking out our menu and photo gallery.

21 Co. Shop & Café NEW website – Click Here!

Thank you so much to one of our Sunshine and Smiles parents, Dan Kingsley who made our new website, it’s perfect! 🙂

Thank You For Your Generosity

Thank You For Your Generosity

Every penny donated to Sunshine & Smiles goes directly towards the vital support we offer to our children, young people and families; whether it is Speech & Language sessions, fruit and milk for our baby group, transport for families, or paying our trained staff to support families or help our young adults into training and work.

We are so grateful for every donation we receive and it’s those moments of generosity that enable us to continue to support more people every day.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to some people who have recently shown their support.

Thank you to Taylors of Harrogate & the Praga family for £1,000 donation to our 21 Co. Project

 

 

Thank you to Jill Lund & Persimmon homes for £1,000 funding towards our swimming sessionsswim_1

Thank You WDSD Charity Gala

Thank You WDSD Charity Gala

Thank you Wendy Puckrin and team for organising the World Down Syndrome Day Charity Gala on 15 March 2019 in Harrogate.

The event raised over a whopping £6,000 which is to be split between Martin House Hospice and Sunshine & Smiles.

Thank you for all your support and generosity – we loved being there to celebrate and raise awareness. Please watch the brilliant video below captured by Claire May-Minett, who happens to have Down Syndrome – what a fabulous party!

 

Our New Partnership With Engage

Digital marketing agency, Engage have announced 4 charities they will be supporting this year.

We are excited to announce one of those charities is Sunshine and Smiles – Leeds Down Syndrome Network.

Engage have a passion for all things digital and one of their incentives is to encourage their employees to exercise in order to raise donations. They run an Elympics between the staff through the app Strava and for every mile of exercise Engage donate into the charity pot. The more miles run, swam, cycled, the further each Elympian moves up the leader board.

We want to say a huge thank you to Engage for selecting us as one of your charities, and for the support you have already shown. We look forward to working together on various projects throughout the year, and can’t wait to see who is at the top of the leader board at the end!

Thank you so much to all of the staff at Engage, especially for a personal welcome when we visited your offices (which are very glam and lovely!).

You can read their article about supporting us and other charities by clicking here!

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