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.

The Wingate Centre made up with new bed thanks to Redrow Homes

Our warmest thanks go to Redrow Homes for supporting us this Spring.

We desperately needed a ‘rise and fall’ bed to help provide a safer and more accessible sleeping environment for our holiday guests. Having already raised £2,000 from our own fundraising activities we were still short of £1,250 to purchase the bed, so, our Fundraising Co-ordinator Victoria Robinson approached Redrow’s Nantwich Community Fund and asked them if they could top up the funds. And they did, by donating the full £1,250 required!

Jason Newton, sales director for Redrow Homes (NW), said: “It’s incredibly important to us that aside from building new homes, we become part of the existing community and help it thrive.”

“As soon as we saw the application from the Wingate Centre we knew it was a perfect fit for our ethos of encouraging excellence, health and well-being, plus supporting the development of the young. They’d already achieved so much with their fundraising and it was a pleasure to help them reach their final goal, especially when it will make such a difference to the care the children receive at the centre as well as make it easier for the carers themselves.”

 

Our heartfelt thanks to Councillor Penny Butterill for her generous donation to the Wingate Centre

The new Mayor of Nantwich Cllr David Marren has officially taken over the chains of office for 2018-19 from Cllr Penny Butterill before the Nantwich Town Council meeting on May 24th.

At this year’s Mayor-making Ceremony, outgoing Mayor Cllr Butterill presented the Mayor’s donations from 2017-18 to her three chosen causes. Donations of more than £5,500 were split between the Wingate Centre, Nantwich Museum and Macmillan Nurses.

A tearful Cllr Butterill added: “It’s been a great honour and privilege to be Mayor this year, I’ve met so many wonderful people. And without my consort and husband Doug, I could not have carried out this job.”

Thanks to Nantwich News for the editorial.

 

8 year-old Joshua Duathlon’s for the children at the Wingate Centre!

Thank you so very much to 8-year-old Joshua from Crewe who decided he wanted to raise money to help other children by taking part in a sponsored Duathlon. He ran 200m, cycled 1k and then finished off with a 500m run, raising an incredible £85 for the Centre! Thank you Joshua!

All Stars After School Club launches Friday 15th June thanks to the generosity of the Remembering Nell Foundation

On Wednesday 9th May we were delighted to welcome Sam and Emma from the Remembering Nell Foundation, along with Amy Welch from Granada Reports, to the Wingate Centre to meet some of the people who will be joining-in the fun at our brand new All Stars Sports Club!

All Stars will launch on June 15th 2018 and will run on Friday evenings, 5-7pm. We know from experience and feedback that our children can’t always easily access after-school activities and we want to change that by making sporting activities accessible to all. All Stars will offer fitness, fun and friendship to 5-16 year-olds and includes activities such as football, rugby, kurling, archery, boccia, hockey and more, as well as offering parent/carers the chance to catch up over a coffee.

It is thanks to the Remembering Nell Foundation that we are able to launch All Stars next month. Their generosity has funded our new All Stars equipment, from giant games to dodgeballs and sports nets. Nell, loved to help others, so, to build a lasting legacy to her and celebrate her life, Nell’s family and friends have set up a foundation in her name. Nell’s Foundation will help to improve the lives and wellbeing of young people in the North West by supporting and introducing people to new charities and we are honoured to have been chosen as one of their three nominated charities for 2018.

Interested? Then please give Natalie, our Head of Coaching, a call on 01270 780456 or email her at gym@thewingatecentre.co.uk.

Please note that advanced booking is essential.

The team at Crewe Hall have fun fundraising for the Wingate Centre!

A massive thank you to the team over at Crewe Hall for supporting us with some fantastic fundraising activities recently, from quiz nights to bake sales. A huge thank you also goes to chef Andre for braving a sponsored leg wax!!