Team from Bradley Barns Nursery take on Three Peaks Challenge

A huge thank you to the team from Bradley Barns Nursery; Tim Copping, Matt Hollins, Marc Wright, Chris Brereton with the support of Vicky Hollins and Sarah Wright for taking on the Three Peaks Challenge on 6 / 7 July, to raise much needed funds for The Wingate Special Children’s Trust.

The team will climb over 11,000 and travel 914 miles as they conquer Ben Nevis, Scarffell Pike and Snowdon in just 24 hours.

Expedition leader Tim said:

“It should be a fantastic experience for the team and most importantly it’s for a wonderful local cause. The work the trust do and the facilities they provide change the lives of so many people and any donation will be kindly received.”

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Learning Disability Week 2019 – The Power of Getting Active

It’s Learning Disability Week 2019 from 17th to 23 June.This year’s theme is all about sport and inclusion; a subject that’s close to our heart here at the Wingate Centre
Throughout the week, we’re encouraging as many people as possible to get active, by taking part in one of our many sport and recreation activities sessions.


Why is it important? Well, according to Mencap research, 49% of people with learning disabilities say they’d like to spend more time outside their home, while 18% say they feel alone and cut off from other people. And we know that sport and physical activity can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, as well as delivering many other benefits include improved health and wellbeing, and sense of empowerment.

We provide a fun and safe environment for children and young adults with learning disabilities to enjoy the benefits of physical activity – whether they’re taking it fast or slow. 

If you have or care for children and young adults with learning disabilities, then come and visit us and see the benefits of physical activities sessions for yourself. To find out more about what’s on offer and how to get involved in physical activities at the Wingate Centre, click here 

Alternatively, you can show your support for Learning Disability Week by making a donation to us. Big or small, your generosity will make a visible difference, helping us to continue providing access to essential facilities and activities that mean so much to the disabled children and young people who regularly visit us. Donate here

Jon Kay entertains our guests

A big thanks to BBC Breakfast presenter and roving reporter Jon kay, for acting as speaker at our Charity Luncheon at Crewe Hall. 

Approximately seventy guests, enjoyed a magnificent drinks reception in the Long Room, with music provided by luncheon guest and long-time charity supporter, Alison Moss, followed by lunch in the historic drawing room.

The highlight of the afternoon was a very entertaining presentation by Jon, in which he shared highlights from his distinguished career with the BBC, which began in 1993. These included the interview with ‘Brenda from Bristol’ following the announcement of the 2017 Election, with her famous “Not another one” quote and his recent Panorama report about Iraqi ‘orphan’ Amar, who was brought to the UK 30 years ago, with terrible burns, following a napalm attack, only to discover recently that his family were still alive.

The event also included a raffle and silent auction.

Thanks to all guests for attending.

Quiz night success

There was a great turnout at the latest Wingate Quiz, kindly organised by quiz master David Greatorex, on 12th April 2019. Thanks to David, his wife, Pam and grandson Jack for staging such a smooth running event.

Approximately 70 quizzers got together for great evening’s entertainment, whilst raising money for our fantastic charity.

Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Brocklehurst said:

“It was such a fun evening, with a great mix of questions – some more challenging than others! Everyone had a great time and we raised a fantastic £653.70 to support our work with disabled children – thanks to everyone involved.”

A very festive event

On Saturday 8th December we were filled with festive cheer at our annual Wingate Winter Wonderland event here at the Centre. Thanks to your donations we raised an incredible £1,740 for our Charity! We couldn’t have achieved this without such wonderful support from the community, local businesses and all of our volunteers. Thank you all so much for coming along to celebrate with us! 

Corporate Support

Huge thanks to the leadership team from Air Products UKI who volunteered on site recently as part of their #60for60 campaign, helping their local community. They worked  hard weeding, chopping and decorating our gym changing rooms and generally helping us to look lovely for the children who visit us. Thanks everyone! #CSR #brighteninglives

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Cholmondeley Castle a scorching success!

We had a brilliant day in beautiful sunshine at our Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens on Sunday 8th July – thanks so much to everyone who joined us and to our fantastic volunteers for putting on such a good show. Proceeds from our Picnic will help us to brighten the lives of the children with disabilities who visit us for sport and recreational opportunities. We can’t do this without your support – thank you from us all!


Local Dads support their local children’s charity

On the weekend of 7th – 9th July, four Dads from Wrenbury cycled the iconic ‘Coast to Coast’ route from Workington in Cumbria to Sunderland, via the Lake District National Park and within view of Scarfell Pike, the highest mountain in England.

Tom Robinson, Oliver Caunce, Josh Walker and Scott Heirene, plus their support driver Scott Caunce, took on this incredible and gruelling challenge, following several months of training, which involved cycling 135 miles in 27-degree heat and climbing more than 10,000 ft, to help to raise funds for their local children’s charity. Together, the Wrenbury Dads have raised over £3000 for the Wingate Centre in Wrenbury, a charity devoted to brightening the lives of children with disabilities from the local area and beyond through respite holidays and sport and recreational activities.

Dad Tom said, “I am privileged to live in a village where the community pulls together to create very special moments in time to help great causes. One I couldn’t resist taking part in was to raise funds for the Wingate Centre, a truly incredible local Charity. The opportunities and support that they provide for children with disabilities are exceptional and we were very proud to be able to fundraise for such a worthy, local cause.”

Catherine Cook, the Wingate Centre’s Marketing and Fundraising Manager, said, “We are so very proud of our Wrenbury Dad’s for taking on and smashing this incredible endurance challenge to raise money to support children with disabilities. £3000 is a significant sum of money to us and without the support of people like our Wrenbury Dads we simply couldn’t continue to brighten the lives of children with disabilities. If you are up for a challenge and want to make a difference too, please get in touch today!”

Team Commando triumph at Delamere Forest

Matt and Spencer deserve a standing ovation for tackling the Delamere Forest Commando Trail in Sunday’s blistering heat to raise money to brighten the lives of the children who access our services. From them and us – thank you guys – we are truly honoured 

If you are up for a challenge like Matt and Spencer please do get in touch – we’d love to show you around our Centre so you can see for yourself how your support really does make a difference


Fitness Fun at our new after school sport’s club

We are delighted to introduce you to some of our Wingate All Stars!

All Stars is our new after-school sport’s Club for children with disabilities who have been enjoying fun balance and Rebound Therapy in our gymnasium as well as soft archery, low level basketball hoop shooting, boccia, table tennis targets, outside play and more!

Our huge thanks go to The Remembering Nell Foundation for choosing us as one of their three charities for 2018 and purchasing our new All Stars equipment.

All Stars runs on Friday evenings between 5pm and 7pm. Booking is essential. Please call Natalie on 01270 780456 to reserve your place.