1st July Silver Anniversary Ball

Our thanks go to www.experiencedays.co.uk who have very kindly donated a voucher for our Silver Anniversary Ball on 1st July at Crewe Hall.

Not only will guests enjoy a drinks reception and a three course meal, but they will be entertained by Groove Manuva!  Auction prizes will consist of an Experience – that can range from adrenaline activities including a  flying lesson, driving experience to more sedate afternoon teas, cocktail making to wine tasting – whatever our winning bidder decides!

We are also fortunate to have a signed Manchester United Shirt, Clive Christian fragrances, a spa day at Rookery Hall and much more.

Tickets are still available, so please contact Jo on 01270 780 456 today to avoid disappointment.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic returns on 13th August

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Cholmondeley Castle.  Sunday 13th August 2017.  11am – 5pm in support of the Wingate Centre.

Our hugely popular Teddy Bears Picnic is back for it’s seventh year and is set to be THE summer event for the whole family to enjoy!  Entrance fee will include; our very special bear hunt, entertainment from Professor Humo who will be performing his Punch and Judy show and access to the beautiful Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, and the Children’s play area.

There will be a wide range of traditional fun games and stalls for the children to have a go on, from classics like Hook a Duck, Splat the Rat and a Bear Tombola to face painting, and the all important bouncy castle! Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be bringing a wide range of activities for children – and their parents to get involved in.  More activities are being added each day.

The Cholmondeley Castle Tea Rooms will be open and serving a delicious selection of home made cakes, sandwiches, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

We want to encourage as many families as possible to come along and have fun at, what we hope, will be an affordable event for all.  All proceeds from the Teddy Bear’s Picnic 2017 will go directly to The Wingate Centre which provides holidays and recreation activities to brighten the lives of children with disabilities.

Advanced tickets are now on sale at www.teddybearspicnic.org with a FREE child’s ticket given with every full price adult ticket purchased.  Admittance is £7 per adult and £4 per child.  Under 3’s and

Top tips for planning a residential break at the Wingate Centre

We have just published our blog on planning your ideal residential break for you and your group.  With helpful hints and tips, information provided is designed to help you to have a holiday of a lifetime!

New Wheelchair Roundabout provided by the AbleChild Trust

We want to say a massive thank you to the AbleChild Trust for donating £14,645 to enable us to install a brand new wheelchair roundabout that can be used by any of the children who use our facilities. This wheelchair can be used safely by 2 wheelchair users and up to 4 seated children and create much fun and enjoyment for all. Thank you!

Ladies Lunch success!

On 27th April 2017, we welcomed Martin Bell OBE as our guest speaker at our annual fundraising Ladies Lunch at Combermere Abbey.

Guests were welcomed into the warmth of the pavilion to a drinks reception and canape’s before sitting down to a two course lunch.  Although guests enjoyed sharing time with friends and neighbours, it was Martin Bell that they had come to listen to.

Martin, wearing his customary cream linen suit, gave a very enlightened and often humorous account of his life not just as a war correspondent for the BBC but also his time as an Independent MP in Tatton. Martin also showed that he wasn’t a man to sit down and retire.  Instead he told guests stories of being an ambassador for the UN and also how he found that writing poetry really helped him to reflect on often bizarre situations that he often found himself in.

Martin very kindly donated a number of copies of his latest book “Adventures in War and Politics” that is due for a June release, to help raise additional money at this fundraising event.  It was an absolute pleasure to hear Martin talk and give of his time to questions and answers during the course of the afternoon.

Our thanks go to our local companies and supporters who very kindly gave raffle prizes and help us raise over £1,600!  All monies will be spent directly on supporting children with disabilities and complex care needs having a holiday of a lifetime!




Donation of Easter Eggs from Banks Sheridan

Our thanks to Banks-Sheridan for very kindly donating Easter Eggs to our latest group of holiday makers from Penn Hall School.

Pictured is Liz Faulkner from Banks Sheridan, Jo Young and delighted young people and their teachers from Penn Hall School.

Bryony Page to be our new Vice President

The Wingate Special Children’s Trust is delighted today to announce that Olympic Silver Medallist Bryony Page has very kindly agreed to become the new Vice President for the charity.

“I feel incredibly honoured to have been asked to become a Vice President for the Wingate Special Children’s Trust.  Since joining as a child, I’ve felt welcomed at the gym, even when I left to go to University and visited on the occasions when I returned home, I have always felt part of the whole team.  The Wingate Centre has always been very special to me and close to my heart.

I look forward to everything I can do to help and promote the fantastic facility we have here in Wrenbury and the opportunities it provides to people of all ages and abilities. It’s a special and unique place that allows children with and without disabilities to keep active, learn new key life and social skills, and most of all have fun!”

Geoff Parsons MBE and Chairman of the charity is absolutely thrilled that Bryony has accepted becoming a Vice President. He stated that:

“ As the new Vice President of the Centre, I know that Bryony will be an inspiration to many people – young and old.  Her support will be a great motivation to many of the children with disabilities who use our facilities and show that they can excel in anything they want to achieve in.  The Wingate team and I are delighted to welcome Bryony on board and look forward to working with her in the future”.

*Photo supplied by GBdancestars

Celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a Sponsored Bounce-a-thon

On 19th March 201 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Gymnasium, by holding a Bounce-a-thon, with none other than Bryony Page to open the event.

Bryony welcomed those young Gymnasts who were keen to take part in a sponsored “Bounce” – seeing how many bounces they could do on one of our trampolines, whilst  raising money for the Wingate Centre. Bryony – who began her trampolining career at the Wingate Centre gave an inspiring speech to our gathered audience detailing the support and the motivation that the Wingate Centre had given her, and to the range of services that are currently on offer to benefit our present and future Gymnasts.

Cheshire Gymnastics Display team were keen to show off their talents and rewarded the audience with two displays over the course of the day.

A total of 32 gymnasts took part in the Bounce-a-thon and together
24,821 bounces were recorded.  A final total for the event will be announced shortly.


Recycle at the Wingate Centre

We appreciate we are a charity, but with limited space and no charity shop we are restricted with the donated goods that we can accept.  Therefore we are only able to accept the following items:

  • New or unwanted presents so that we can utilise them in raffles and fundraising events
  • Books
  • Old and foreign notes and coins
  • Mobile phones

Thank you to the Williams Family Foundation!

Today we welcomed the Williams Family Foundation to the Wingate Centre to show them how we had spent their very generous donation on the refurbishment of the reception area.  Both our Chair of Trustees Geoff Parsons and General Manager Rona Moroney were keen to show our guests the revamped area, but also the rest of the facility.