Thanks Atos

As part of their induction the Atos graduates have been coming to the Wingate Centre since June 2016. Although the main focus is on helping the Wingate Centre, it is also a valuable learning experience allowing great leadership opportunities, project management and collaborative teamwork.

On 11th September the Atos Graduates spent the day helping this great cause. With groups working on gardening, painting and general maintenance, they collectively worked to improve the experience for the children and their families who visit the Wingate Centre.

Throughout the day the graduates implemented the skills learnt during their induction into a real life situation. When speaking about what they have taken away from the day they said:​

‘Our day at the Wingate Centre was extremely rewarding and I felt satisfied knowing I was helping others‘ – Luke

‘The work done at the Wingate Centre is inspirational, learning about the hard work that goes on behind the scenes really hit home and it was great to know I contributed even a small amount to the experiences the children will have.’Jess  ​

‘It’s nice to be in a position to help others, it has also been a really great learning opportunity in how to support a team as a leader.‘  – Nathan ​

There is no greater feeling than putting in hard work for others, today has really shown me that and inspired me to do more charitable work in the future. Knowing that Atos graduates have contributed almost £60,000 worth of charity is a motivating factor to continue the good work.‘ – Elliot ​

‘It’s safe to say that on behalf of ourselves and the whole Atos team that we are incredibly proud of the hard work put in by everyone. Knowing that our work here is not only for the benefit of the children but also the wonderful staff who work tirelessly to create once in a lifetime experience for visitors to the Wingate Centre.

Our time at the Wingate Centre has really highlighted how important it is to give back to the community, not just through donations but also through gifting your time, which is just as valuable as funding support.’ Izzy

Elizabeth, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at Wingate said:

‘We are extremely grateful of Atos for their ongoing support. Their volunteers make a huge difference to our work.’

Bella’s Amazing Swim 

On Sunday 11 August 2019 Bella Mckinney, aged 6 swam 1,000 metres and raised  £500.80 – a staggering 333% of her original target.

Bella’s mum, Jane McKinney said:

“Bella comes to the Wingate Centre for gymnastics and has had her birthday party there too. 

She noticed that they were selling toys and sweets and asked me why.  I explained that it is to raise money for the centre, so that lots of children with disabilities could come for holidays or days out to and use the facilities. 

Bella decided that she wanted to raise some money to help and wrote a list of things she could do, eventually deciding on a swim.  We thought perhaps a few lengths, but Bella had other ideas! “

Bella set herself a target of 1,000 metres.  She practiced every weekend, curtesy of her dad Keith, and built up her stamina.  On the day she did brilliantly and completed 40 lengths in 55 minutes a wonderful achievement.

Sarah Hampton, Fundraiser at the Wingate Special Children’s Trust said:

“An amazing achievement, it is not often that people raise so much more than their original target.  Thank you to everyone who supported Bella and of course a very big thank you to Bella for all her hard work”

The charity organises a wide range of community fundraising events. For more information visit and search events.


Wingate Awards 2019

We celebrated the achievements of our disabled gym users at a fabulous end of year awards ceremony recently.

Supported by family, carers and friends, participants received their Wingate and Winstrada Awards, recognising their achievements in gym-based activities at the centre, over the last 12 months.

The audience was also treated to a spectacular trampoline display by gym user Ainsley as well as a dance performance from the Dance and Movement group, which meets at the centre once a week.

Elizabeth Brocklehurst, Marketing & Fundraising Manager at the Wingate Special Children’s Trust said:

“It was a privilege to witness the pride that our gym users felt in receiving recognition for the progress that they have made by taking part in recreational activities.  There are so many benefits of participation in sport and recreation, but unfortunately disabled people are often excluded from this experience.”  

She added:

“Our awards are a reminder of why it is so important that facilities like The Wingate Centre are available for our disabled gym users. Our sessions make a real difference to people’s lives.”


School Holiday Club










We had great feedback from the families who used our school holiday club during the May Half Term – so, it’s back!

Exciting and varied days of activities, including multi-sports, trampolining, dance and drama for children of primary school age (5 to 11) for just £20 per day, from 9am until 4pm on:

27th / 28th / 29th August.

Just another way of supporting our charity!

Email your booking for August dates to or call 01270 780 456.

Wingate World

Our latest newsletter is now available to download:

Wingate World Summer 2019










Pop Up Cafe

Our pop up cafe is open this week:

Monday 22nd, Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th July from 11am until 2.30pm at The Wingate Centre, Wrenbury Hall Drive, Wrenbury CW5 8ES.

Join us for lunch, delicious cakes or just a drink and help to raise money to support the centre’s activities for disabled people.

Cake options include Toffee and Banana and Coffee and Walnut, plus we have a children’s menu available!

Hope you can join us.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic 2019

The sun shone (eventually) and local families enjoyed a fabulous day out at our 2019 Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the stunning location of Cholmondeley Castle.

Attractions included the Play Bus, face painting, bouncy castle, Punch and Judy Shows, traditional fete games, have-a-go sports, raffle, tombola and even a dog show.

Elizabeth Brocklehurst, Marketing & Fundraising Manager at the Wingate Special Children’s Trust said:

“It was a fantastic event at an amazing venue.

Thanks to the event sponsors; Peugeot Gateway Crewe, Redshift Radio and Playbus for making a tremendous contribution to the amount raised.”

She added:

“The day would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful volunteers and the local families that attended. A massive thank you to everyone involved.”


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.”

To donate

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.