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Festival Of Light

Festival Of Light

Two girls with Down's Syndrome and Hypermobility difficutlies experienced the Festival of Light at Christmas with their family

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A huge thank you to Give Them A Sporting Chance for giving our family the best day out in a long time!

Our 'wish' was for our daughters, Hazel 6 and Miriam 8, to experience Christmas Lights somewhere other than a garden centre or DIY store - our usual places where we go to see them. Hazel has Down's syndrome, is tube fed and in a wheelchair. Her sister, Miriam, has her own difficulties relating to Hypermobility. A day trip anywhere is usually out of the question as Hazel's needs make it difficult to be away from home for any more than a couple of hours.

Give Them A Sporting Chance made our wish possible by taking us to Longleat's Festival of Lights just before Christmas. They even arranged for us to have our very own nurse with us - Alex, who helped make the whole day wonderfully easy for us. We spent the day exploring Longleat House, it's animals, gardens and other attractions, and watched as Miriam overcame some fears and learnt to do things she'd never done before!

Once darkness fell we were taken on a magical journey as we explored, open mouthed, the stunningly lit Fairytale scenes in the Festival of Light. We shall never forget the look on Hazel's face as she stared up at a huge Christmas tree that told a story in lights. The whole display was by far the best Christmas lights the girls have ever seen! Totally magical!

So thank you to Alex, Charlie and all at Give Them a Sporting Chance for making such special memories for our family and helping us to do something we almost certainly wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. We felt like royalty and it was a day we will never forget!
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Lunch on board the Strathspey Steam railway

Railway
Railway

A group of over 90 from the Moray and Nairn Riding for the Disabled Group, including carers, helpers, recipients and friends enjoyed a  journey from Broomhill to Aviemore and back to Broomhill.

Raised funds for Riding for the disabled

Helicopter flight and visit to the Airport Fire Station

Helicopter
Liam in Helicopter

A young man with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 enjoyed a a visit to Inverness Dalcross Airport and a flight in a PDG helicopter, a visit to the Airport Fire Station followed by a tour and lunch given by the airport.

Raised funds for In the process of raising funds for a charity of his choice.

A visit to RAF Lossiemouth, flying in a Tornado jet, simulator,see Youtube!

Aeroplane

A disabled man

Raised funds for The Laich of Moray Trust, providing transport for disabled and older people

Transport to and sessions at a local hydrotherapy pool

Hydrotherapy

Disabled children's playgroup

Raised funds for Local charities

Attending a Chelsea football match

Football
Chelsea FC

Forty six young carers

Raised funds for Local cancer charities

A trip to London

London

A group of disabled students

Raised funds for Hospice South West

A year's subscription to golf tournaments and competitions

Golf

A partially sighted man

Raised funds for Local charities

A round of golf with Simon Dyson

Golf

Young boy with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for Local school

Attending the British Grand Prix

Motor Racing

A young man suffering from a brain tumour

Raised funds for RNLI

A weekend at Butlins with her family

Holiday

A young woman suffering from a brain tumour

Raised funds for Local charities

A trip with his family to Disney World

Disney

A young boy with eye cancer

Raised funds for Local charities

Funding for a series of kayak tours, cleaning up canal locks

Kayak

Disabled / able bodied charity group

Raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Trust

Holiday to Disneyworld

Disney

Two young siblings who cared for terminally ill parents

Raised funds for London Fire Service Benevolent Fund

First time in plane

Aeroplane

Disabled young woman

Raised funds for -

Day with Top Gear Team

TV

Two injured soldiers

Raised funds for Army Benevolent Fund

Liverpool vs Newcastle match

Football

Young man with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for Local cancer charity

New wheelchair

Wheelchair

Young Romanian woman amputee

Raised funds for Local charities

F.A Cup Final

Football

Young boy with xeroderma pigmentosum

Raised funds for XP Support group

West End Theatre Trip

Theatre

Group of young carers

Raised funds for Local cancer charity

Attending the Manchester United v Barcelona match

Football

A young boy suffering from an allergy to UV light

Raised funds for Local charities

Hand cycle across South Island New Zealand

Handcycling

A disabled ex-rugby player

Raised funds for Stem cell research

A day of activities and fun

Activities

A group of eighty five carers from Lincolnshire

Raised funds for Lincolnshire Air Ambulance

A sponsored walk from Land's End to John O'Groats

Walking

A group of eight veterans suffering from PTSD

Raised funds for Veterans International Aid

Carriage driving holiday

Carriage Driving
Carriage Driving

A young woman with Prader Willi syndrome and scoliosis

Raised funds for Local charities

Visit to Elk Mountain Ranch, Colorado

Ranch

A young boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy

Raised funds for A local school

Visit to Celtic Training Ground

Football

A man with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for A cerebral palsy charity

Curling match against the British Mens World Championship Curling Team

Curling

A wheelchair bound man and his team of wheelchair curlers

Raised funds for Marie Curie Hospice

A trip to London

London

A group of college students with special needs

Raised funds for NSPCC

A visit to the UK to watch a rugby match between Bucharest and Worcester

Rugby

A wheel chair bound young man from Romania

Raised funds for Local charities

A visit to Los Angeles to watch the LA Lakers play

Basketball
LA Lakers

A young man with cancer

Raised funds for CLIC Sargent

A day with Arsenal players and manager at the Emirates Stadium

Football

A young man with multiple injuries

Raised funds for Army Benevolent Fund

A day with the English football squad, dinner and attendance at a home international

Football

A young man with severe burns

Raised funds for Army Benevolent Fund

Attending the Paralympics in Beijing

Paralympics

A teenager with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for A cerebral palsy charity

Sailing with Ellen MacArthur

Sailing
Sailing with Ellen MacArthur

A young boy with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for The Ellen MacArthur Trust

Music therapy lessons

Music

A developmental playgroup

Raised funds for Local charities

Meeting the players of Liverpool football team

Football

A young boy with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for Riding for the Disabled

Attending the Michael Parkinson show, meeting Lewis Hamilton backstage and a trip to the Honda Factory

TV

A young man recovering from cancer

Raised funds for A hospital cancer unit

Riding Lessons

Horses

A young girl with juvenile arthritis

Raised funds for Barnardos

A visit to the studio and set of BBC's Eastenders

TV
Eastenders

A group of college students with learning difficulties

Raised funds for NSPCC & Macmillan Cancer Support

Meeting Ade Adepitan and a visit to the set of Desperados

TV

A young boy with brittle bone disease

Raised funds for A charity for those with brittle bones

A day spent with huskies

Huskies
Huskies

A young girl with TAR syndrome

Raised funds for TAR Syndrome Society

A George Michael concert and backstage visit

Music

Two carers

Raised funds for Requirement waived

Dune driving in Dubai

Dunes

A young man with cerebral palsy and Asperger's syndrome

Raised funds for A theatre group for disabled students

Meeting world champion Valentino Rossi and a visit to the Ducati museum and factory

Motorcycle Racing

A family with varied problems

Raised funds for A local school

Attending a Test match at the Oval

Cricket

A wheelchair-bound man with epilepsy

Raised funds for Various causes

Hang gliding in the Swiss Alps

Hang Gliding

A person with Cerebral Palsy and two carers

Raised funds for A hospital scanner appeal

Attending the three British and Irish Lions Rugby Tests in New Zealand

Rugby

A person with multiple sclerosis and carer

Raised funds for The MS Therapy Centre (South Wales)

Competing in a series of International Table Tennis Competitions

Table tennis

A group of severely physically disabled Romanian young people

Raised funds for The St Mary's Day Centre in Cluj, Romania" "A Visit to Slimbridge Bird Sanctuary, The Eden Project and The New Forest

A Theatre Group visiting and performing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Theatre

A group of disabled and able-bodied actors and carers

Raised funds for The Lhanbryde Young Parents Group

The Horse of the Year Show

Horses

A young person with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for Riding for the Disabled

Attending the Olympics in Greece and the three-day equestrian event

Olympics

A person with cerebral palsy and carers

Raised funds for Riding for the Disabled

Link with the band "Busted"

Music

A young person with a brain tumour

Raised funds for Fund-raising requirement waived

The Rugby World Cup in Sydney, Australia

Rugby

A quadriplegic person and three carers

Raised funds for The Teenage Cancer Trust

Trip to Center Parc Norfolk

Holiday

A group of young carers from East Anglia Childrens Hospice

Raised funds for East Anglia Childrens Hospice

Euro Disney

Disney

A family with disabilities and their carers from East Anglia Childrens Hospice

Raised funds for East Anglia Childrens Hospice

Gordonstoun Sail Training on West Coast of Scotland

Sailing

A group of Glasgow carers

Raised funds for -

Motor Racing with Ralf Schumacher and the BMW Williams Grand Prix Team at Silverstone

Motor Racing

Two young people one with muscular dystrophy and one from East Anglia Children's Hospice

Raised funds for Friends of Special Needs Children

Quad Biking

Quad Bike

A group of Moray young carers

Raised funds for Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Motor Racing with Pedro de la Rosa and the Jaguar Grand Prix Team

Motor Racing

A man with multiple sclerosis

Raised funds for The Forres and National branches of Multiple Sclerosis

Visiting Landmark Adventure Centre near Aviemore

Activities

A group of fifty young carers

Raised funds for The Leonard Cheshire Foundation

British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Motor Racing
Test

The six young men from Helen and Douglas House are all sufferers of Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy and wheelchair users.

They had trackside seats to watch Lewis Hamilton come second to Sebastian Vettel on a scorching day. It was by all accounts a fantastic ‘Chance’.

Raised funds for lorem ipsum dolor sit amet

Attending the Brazilian Grand Prix

Motor Racing

A group of people from all over Brazil

Raised funds for The Leonard Cheshire Foundation

Attending a Brazilian National Football Match with Pele

Football
Sao Paulo

A group of disabled men from San Paulo

Raised funds for The Leonard Cheshire Foundation

Milking a Cow

Farm

A blind person with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for Red Cross House

Tall Ship sailing from Aberdeen to Great Yarmouth

Sailing

An amputee with head injuries

Raised funds for Crossroads (Moray) Care Attendant Scheme

A visit to Edinburgh

Activities

A visit to Edinburgh visitng The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Dynamic Earth, The Zoo, Edinburgh Castle, The Museum of Discovery, Ten Pin Bowling, The Witchery Tour of Old Edinburgh, and McDonalds!

All for a family of four with a child suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Raised funds for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Moray Carers project.

Visit to a Bible College in America.

Study

A young person from Cardiff with Cerebral Palsy

Raised funds for A Cardiff Youth Club for disabled young people.

Learning to Swim

Swimming

A family of five facing Down's Syndrome, severe hearing and visual challenges, as well as eczema and chest complaints.

Raised funds for The Ladybird Development Group and Autism in Moray

Canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling and white-water rafting in Denver, Colorado

A young person with learning disabilities and partial hearing and asthma, another young person with multiple sclerosis and co-ordination problems with their carer who has neurological problems which have caused her to become a wheelchair user.

Raised funds for The Moray Carers project

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna

Horses

Students with special needs from the Cantray Bridge Agricultural College

Raised funds for The Scottish Downs Syndrome Association (Highlands and Islands Branch)

The Opening Ceremony and match, Scotland v Brazil of The World Cup in Paris

Football

A partially sighted teenager with brain damage

Raised funds for The Grampian Society for the Blind; The Scottish Head Injuries Trust

Meeting the Scottish Football Squad at Hampden, Glasgow prior to The World Cup

Football

A partially sighted person and a partially sighted epileptic person

Raised funds for The Grampian Society for the Blind

A trip to Euro-Disney, France

Disney

Thirty children with special needs and thirty carers from Drummond Parents Support Group, Inverness

Raised funds for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and numerous other charities

Swimming with dolphins in Florida

Dolphins

A young person with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for A cerebral palsy charity

Sailing a large yacht

Sailing

An elderly person who has had a stroke and is partially paralysed and a person with multiple sclerosis who is wheel-chair bound

Raised funds for The Chest Heart and Stroke Association; Cancer Research

Attending The Number One Court at Wimbledon and meeting Tim Henman

Tennis
Wimbledon

A young person from Surrey with severe arthritis in both his hips

Raised funds for Rascals

Embassy World Snooker Championships - to meet Jimmy White

Snooker

A family of five. Mother and two children suffering from myotonic dystrophy

Raised funds for Rotary International

Visiting El Reino Aventura, Mexico

Theme park

A young teenager with cerebellar ataxia, epilepsy and asthma

Raised funds for St John's School for The Disabled, Loughton, Essex

Challenge The Gladiators, Birmingham Arena

Gladiators

A child with cystic fibrosis; Wilm's tumour

Raised funds for The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund

Attending The National Disabled Sports Championship, Wishaw, Scotland

Physically disabled sportsmen and women; people with learning difficulties

Raised funds for The 1997 World Championships for people with disabilities

Attending concerts of the Gordonstoun Concert Society

Music

A woman with lumbar disc paralysis and osteo-arthritis

Raised funds for The Shealin Trust of Scotland

Dolphin Therapy. Dr David Nathanson at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida

Dolphins

A boy with autism

Raised funds for Trellis House, Bristol

Driving with World Champion Nigel Mansell round a Grand Prix circuit

Motor Racing

A teenager with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for Red Cross House in Glasgow

Flying in a Buccaneer jet simulator

Aeroplane

A teenager with spina bifida

Raised funds for The RAF Benevolent Fund

A visit to a local radio station

Radio

A man with learning disabilities

Raised funds for A residential home for people with disabilities

Playing snooker with Stephen Hendry, reigning World Champion

Snooker

Two children one with spina bifida and one with brittle bone disease

Raised funds for Riding for the Disabled, The Elgin Community Centre

Visiting the bulb fields of Holland

Flowers

A woman with arthritis

Raised funds for The Heart and Stroke Foundation

A weekend swimming in a luxury heated pool in Scotland

Swimming

A woman with asthma

Raised funds for The patient was too ill to travel from Orkney

Swimming in the Nairn Hydro-therapy Pool for twelve months

Hydrotherapy

Three young children one with spina bifida one with meningitis, one with muscular dystrophy and one with cerebral palsy

Raised funds for FACES, a group of disabled children