How Children in Need Help Us

Last week we were lucky enough to feature on both Radio Leeds and Look North, and it was all because the UK were raising money for BBC Children in Need. After the very successful Appeal Show on BBC One, it has been confirmed that over £50m has been raised for children all across Great Britain, and some of those young people are in our sessions at Sunshine and Smiles.

We were on the radio!

Richard Stead from BBC Radio Leeds was talking all things Children in Need on the Breakfast Show on Tuesday 13 November, including throwing live to Oly Woodcock who joined our Service Manager Ailith Harley-Roberts at Bramley Baths.

The Community led Bramley Baths, who have recently secured a £500,000 eco-hub investment have been working closely with Sunshine and Smiles since 2015 when we began running our regular swimming sessions.

The Edwardian Grade II Listed building makes for a lovely atmosphere for our sessions, where families who have children with Down Syndrome can swim for as long or a short as they like.

Following on from popular demand in 2015 we decided, along with Bramley Baths, to advance our classes and include one-to-one swimming lessons. In 2016 we submitted a Children in Need funding application and have now been able to secure swimming facilities and lessons up until 2020.

bbc radio leedsAilith spoke to reporter Oly Woodcock about how the Children in Need funding has helped Sunshine and Smiles, ahead of the charity’s 39th Appeal show on Friday 16 November on BBC1.

Thank you to Children in Need for your support and enabling our swimming sessions, and thank you BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Look North for inviting us on your shows.

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