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Birthday Fun at Rainbow

Posted: July 2, 2015 Time: 1:43 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

The Rainbow Centre in Fareham held a special Birthday Family Fun Day on Saturday 27th June – 25 years to the day the charity was registered.
Just under £5,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people who gathered at The Rainbow Centre in Fareham to celebrate this milestone. Thanks to the following Companies who sponsored activities; Eric Robinson, Basepoint-Gosport and Airlynx.

Ann Stuart – Event Fundraiser sais ‘Our thanks go to members of HMS Collingwood Royal Navy who helped to staff the family fun day alongside Rainbow volunteers and staff from regular supporters Eaton Aerospace, Swain & Co, Gunwharf Quays, Tesco Whiteley, Covidien, Zurich and Fareham Rugby Club.’

There was a host of activities for everyone at the family fun day including a dog show judged by local Groomers Short, Bark & Sides. Children got to meet their favourite characters, including Elsa from Frozen, Spiderman and Mr Tumble. There was also a petting zoo, pony rides, and a laser quest arena.

Special guests included the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Mike Ford and Mayoress Mrs Anne Ford; and the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Leah Turner and Consort Mr Andy Cousins.

Helen Somerset How M.B.E, who was one of the founders of the charity, said ‘it was an emotional day looking back over the last 25 years and to see that our legacy lives on. There’s a team of people here that are passionate and who are taking this centre on another journey.’

‘IT’S been 25 years of grit, determination, setbacks and success. But all the highs and lows have clearly been worth it when the charity looks back on all the people’s lives it has helped to transform’.

Helen retired three years ago after leading the charity for 22 years.

One of those to benefit is Felix Snell, age seven, who has cerebral palsy. His mum Alice Snell, said: ‘It’s helped us massively, Rainbow has helped Felix to do things which he would not otherwise have done. ‘He first moved here independently. He crawled down a ramp for the first time here when he was about three. Felix first learned to ride a bike here – I never thought that would be possible.’

She added: ‘They are a lifeline. If the Rainbow Centre was not here, it does not bear thinking about, we would have to travel miles to get the same level of support.’