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.


Quiz Night Success!

Our quiz night on 3rd March was a great success.  Led by Quiz Master David, the evening itself was slightly competitive but was a great deal of fun and with lots of laughter. 70 people were on hand to help us raise a total of £631.05  .  All proceeds from the event will be spent directly on providing holidays and short breaks to children with disabilities.


Martin Bell OBE guest speaker at our Ladies Lunch

The Wingate Centre is delighted to welcome Martin Bell OBE as our guest speaker at our Ladies Lunch to be held on 27th April 2017 at Combermere Abbey Pavilions.   Although being famous for wearing his white suit, Martin Bell has spent more than half a century in the unquiet corners of the world, including four years in the surrogate war zones of the House of Commons.


His conclusions are first hand and personal. He draws on his memories as a soldier and journalist, his broadcast reports, his notebooks and diaries, and original documents that he extracted from the war zones. He also draws on his poetry when, otherwise, he would have been lost for words.

Tickets are £35 and include a drinks reception, two course meal, a fascinating talk by Martin Bell OBE on “The Adventures in War and Politics” and the opportunity of spending time in the tranquility of the Combermere Abbey Gardens.  Tables of 10 are also available.

For further tickets, please contact or call us on 01270 780456

Wales Weekender – Cycle Challenge

Are you a time starved cyclist who is seeking something from the norm?  We are on the hunt for 12 enthusiastic cyclists to take part in our Cardiff to Chester cycle relay fundraiser, which is set to take place over 20 hours on the weekend of 24th and 25th June 2017!

We are holding a briefing session on 21st February at 18:30 at the Wingate Centre.  This will give you the opportunity to talk directly to our cycling events company – Souplesse who will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have!

To book your place, please contact or call her today on 01270 780456

New Reception area at the Wingate Centre

Thank you to the Williams Family Foundation for financially supporting us in refurbishing our reception area.  This has allowed us to revamp the whole area and not only ensure that the front of the area is more welcoming to all of our guests, but importantly ensure that it is more engaging and inclusive for each and every person who uses our facility.