Challengers is a Farnham charity which offers play and leisure activities for disabled children and young people from 4 – 25 years. Fun, inclusivity and focusing on breaking down barriers is always at the heart of what they do. They believe everyone has the right to play and inclusivity means just that; no child is turned away, no matter the complexity of their needs.

Play is vital for children to develop crucial social skills and confidence and they offer a range of inclusive and age appropriate activities across their schemes from mobile farm visits and swimming sessions to crafts days and trips to Marwell Zoo helping to develop new skills, relax and make friends. The Farnham centre has an extensive safe outdoor area as well as a play structure with plenty of space for water and messy play.

Their services have an immense impact not only on the children that visit but also their families. Their new patron Sally Phillips had the opportunity to meet some of our parents and experience the Challengers spirit.

“I had known of Challengers for a few years and decided to become a patron after being invited to speak at an event at one of their youth centres. I saw their facilities and spoke to other parents about their experiences and how Challengers has had such an impact on their children’s lives, children just like my son Olly. I am proud to be involved with Challengers and be a patron for this wonderful charity.”

–  Sally Phillips.

Schemes run Saturdays and during holidays, providing parents with the opportunity for much needed short breaks.

As a charity they rely on government funding and fundraising support to deliver such an extensive service. They have an incredible network of volunteers, local supporters and amazing parents.

For more information about Challengers or call 01483 230 930.

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