During November we launched an appeal for local good causes to put themselves forward to be our Charity of the Year during 2018.
We had several really good applications and after lots of deliberation and a secret vote, we’re delighted to announce the winner is Rainbow Stars which supports autistic and disabled children and their families.
Chair and founder of Rainbow Stars Jane Peck set up the group three years ago when her own son was diagnosed with autism. She and her husband said they felt very alone and struggled to access the help they needed when their son was first diagnosed.
Since the charity began, they’re hopeful parents in a similar situation to them, now have somewhere to turn. They hold monthly play meetings, coffee mornings and parties which the whole family can enjoy. They also organise trips and their annual Family Funfest at Sleaford Rugby Club which next year will be on 27th May.
We’ve supported Rainbow Stars on and off now for a few years by loaning our marquee and generator free of charge, but it will be great to work with them more closely. They’re always crying out for volunteers to help at events, so it would be lovely if some of our team could give up a few hours of their time.
In the past we’ve helped many local good causes; last year alone we supported over 15 different charitable events. In 2018, however, we plan to focus our efforts on just one or two charities, so we can make an even bigger impact.
It was very hard to whittle down the applicants as they’re all brilliant but we particularly like Rainbow Stars as they offer help and support to families who would otherwise really struggle. We’re really looking forward to being able to dedicate more of our time to helping them fundraise and staff their events as well as continuing to provide them with equipment free of charge as and when they need it.
We’ve had a great response from the staff who are all keen to get involved so we’re sure we won’t have any problem enlisting volunteers!