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Indian Summer Ball Raises £18,000 for Rainbow

Posted: October 6, 2014 Time: 1:34 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

Guests 1 (3)On Saturday 27th September, 150 guests gathered in the stunning surroundings of Tournerbury Woods on Hayling Island for a night of exquisite food and entertainment in aid of The Rainbow Centre. A fire dancer and a harpist welcomed guests to the amazing wedding venue kindly donated for the night by Chris and Alice Snell. An excellent 3 course Indian inspired menu was enjoyed, cooked by Chef John Blanchard.

After dinner, Mum of 4 year old Reuben who suffers from cerebral palsy and attends The Rainbow Centre gave a moving speech about the impact that Rainbow has had on their lives saying,

Arriving with Reuben at Rainbow was a turning point, again another point where our lives changed. Since then we have never looked back. Welcomed with open arms into a great building with wonderful people who instantly delivered me a very strong and positive message. Reuben was a child first. Disability came second.

From that moment the Rainbow staff started to achieve with him what had been previously warned to me was unachievable.  And what was so important to my family was that for the first time, we were not made to feel that my son was a tragedy. In fact, they celebrated Reuben. They cherished him and loved him just like we did, and the emphasis was on the amazing things he could do and not the things he couldn’t.

Without people like you, supporting events like these, Rainbow wouldn’t exist. Because of your support, these precious children have somewhere to go to learn and to shine. By you being here today, you are giving them a brighter tomorrow.”

A charity auction was held with many exciting prizes including a flight in a Westland Helicopter, a yacht experience for 8 and a stay in a Cyprus Villa.Guests 2 (3)

The Rainbow Centre would like to thank the auction donors, sponsors, and guests for raising an incredible £18,000 to help them continue transforming the lives of children with cerebral palsy and adults suffering from MS, Parkinsons, stroke of head injury.