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Supporters SPARKLE for The Rainbow Centre

 
Posted: November 27, 2015 Time: 2:24 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

The theme was Silver and Sparkle as a Rainbow celebrated the end of our 25th Anniversary year in style. The Rainbow Centre hosted its Silver & Sparkle Anniversary Ball at the Botleigh Grange Hotel with 150 guests.

The special MC for the night was ex-England and Hampshire Cricketer, Shaun ‘Shaggy’ Udal who doubled up as auctioneer for the live auction which included prizes such as the chance to watch Triple Gold Paralympic Medallist, Sophie Christiansen OBE, Tea and Tour of Parliament with local MP, Caroline Dinenage, an Executive Box at the Ageas Bowl courtesy of The Hendy Group and a once in a lifetime jet fighter experience. On the night guests helped to raise a total of £11,500 for The Rainbow Centre.

Lara Bull, CEO sais “We were delighted that so many of our long-term supporters and friends could join us to celebrate our special anniversary and what an incredible sum raised. There are, quite simply, too many people to thank”.

Special guests at the event also included Helen Somerset-How MBE, one of the original founding members of the charity. To celebrate, Helen and Lara were presented with a magnificent two-tier cake, kindly donated by Inspirations in Bishops Waltham, followed by bouquets of flowers donated by Sarah Guild Floral Designs.

Isobel Williamson-Jones gave a moving speech at the event about her daughter ‘Missy’ who has benefitted greatly from the work of The Rainbow Centre. Despite being told that Missy would never be able to walk, she can now step with the aid of a specialised walker. Mrs Williamson-Jones’ speech acted as a fantastic reminder of why fundraising events such as the Ball are essential for The Rainbow Centre to continue the work they do with the adults and children like Missy.

Later on in the evening guests were entertained with live music from The Machete and The Should Be Band and had the chance to strike a pose and say cheese in the DIY Photobooth. The entire night was captured by volunteer photographers – Trevor Firth of P4T Images and Bob Way.

The Rainbow Centre began 25 years ago as the result of two families who had children with cerebral palsy, having the desire to find something out there that would help their children. They discovered a Hungarian technique called Conductive Education which is a system of learning that trains the undamaged parts of the brain to take control of the motor functions previously managed by the areas of the brain which no longer work.

The charity had humble beginnings starting in the Somerset-How’s front room, moving to a church hall, above a carpet shop in Fareham which had a leaky ceiling, into porta cabins at Cams Hill School until finally in 2006 they were able to set up a permanent home in a purpose built facility.

Once in their new home, the charity was able to expand its service to begin transforming the lives of adults affected by neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS and those recovering from a stroke or head injury by helping them to live as independently as possible. The children and adults that access the Centre come from across the South including as far as Reading, Bournemouth and Chichester as there is no other Centre for Conductive Education in the South of England.