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One hundred thousand reasons for The Rainbow Centre to celebrate as we cross the 123 Decathlon finishing line!

Posted: March 6, 2013 Time: 3:45 pm Written by: Kelle Russell


The Wessex Cancer Trust, The Rose Road Association and The Rainbow Centre were involved in the very special 123 Decathlon last year which saw 10 sporting events take place across 2012 to raise money for the three local charities.

Bruce Elkins of CW Fellowes and Peter Harding of Questmap who were the driving force behind the events, met with the three charities, service users, volunteers, sponsors and fundraisers to announce that they had reached their £100,000 fundraising target, which has been split equally between the three charities.

The Rainbow Centre cannot thank Bruce and Peter enough for the support they have shown us in what has been a spectacular and unforgettable year. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the event and forge closer relationships with the businesses and other charities involved.

The money raised from the 123 Decathlon will make a huge difference to Rainbow and will enable us to continue delivering our life changing services to children with cerebral palsy and adults with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and those that have suffered a stroke or head injury and their families.

Last year we achieved some amazing outcomes with our children and adults; Lexie who is nearly four learnt to walk, Hannah managed to gain the confidence to discard her walking sticks altogether, and Gill, one of our adults, learnt how to drink from a cup without spilling it – all skills that we take for granted. And we have already had some great achievements this year – Sophia Rose who is two, walked 2 meters independently for the first time!

Here at The Rainbow Centre we receive no statutory funding and an adults or child session costs £141 to provide. We need to raise £500,000 every year just to cover our operating costs. We therefore rely on the support of our own fundraising events, businesses, the community and of course dedicated supporters like Bruce and Peter who take on great challenges, which allows our children and adults to take their first steps on the pathway to greater independence.

We would like to say a HUGE and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has taken part, and everyone that helped to make the 123 Decathlon a success; without you we could not have reached the £100,000 target which is an incredible achievement.

For any late donations towards the 123 Decathlon Challenge, please visit