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Charity Spot Disability Challengers

03.08.2017 / words: The Guide 2 Surrey

 One generous act of kindness could make a day of play possible this summer…

This summer Challengers will be working hard to give disabled children and young people aged between 4 and 25 the best possible time and they need your help to make it happen.

You might have seen Challeners out and about around Surrey. They’re the people in bright orange t-shirts having fun and making the most of our beautiful county. If you haven’t heard of Challengers, they are a local Surrey-based charity focused on inclusive play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people.

Challengers was set up in 1979 by Helen Foley, a local paediatrician, and Colin Hassell, the local leisure centre manager to start swimming lessons for disabled children. They did this because disabled children had nowhere to go to have fun, to try new things, to make new friends and provide families with a short break. In 2017, the need continues to grow and shockingly 51% of disabled children and young people continue to be deliberately excluded from play and leisure opportunities.

Challengers will never turn anyone away, never discriminate and see the individual for who they are, and what they need to enjoy their time at Challengers safely. Children are included from the moment they arrive at Challengers, enabling them to have fun, grow in independence and mature in confidence.

The opportunity to play and have fun independently is vitally important to disabled children and young people and their families. Many parents with disabled children feel isolated and this isolation can lead to the breakup of the family. The opportunities for regular independent play make a positive difference for parents and the difference to the children and young people is life changing.

A parent of a young man who comes to Challengers talks about the difference it makes to his life: “He really feels like the 'normal teenager' he so longs to be when he is there. He loves going shopping, to the cinema, the beach, or just hanging out with his friends there listening to music, playing football, table tennis, watching DVDs .... they are like a family and it is clear to see all the kids love it there!”

Across the summer months hundreds of children and young people will be having the best possible time at the Challengers schemes in Bookham, Caterham, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godstone, Guildford and Leatherhead. They urgently need your help this summer to help make this happen.

£152 will pay for one child to come to Challengers for a day of fun and laughter. Any amount you can afford to give will make a real difference. For example:


  • £54.60 pays for a play worker to spend a full day of one on one time with a child
  • £38.50 could pay for an hour of inclusion training for 15 play staff
  • £13.00 could allow a Play Leader to spend an hour planning the next few days of play

Please do make a donation today. You can donate online, by post or over the phone:
Post: Challengers, FREEPOST plus RTXU – CKSE – HGUU, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1TU
Phone: 01483 230 060

For more information and to donate online visit www.disability-challengers.org