On Thursday 26th July, Chalfont St Peter Tennis Club held their annual charity event. This year they were supporting Sparkles. Sparkles is an amazing charity that provides regular speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy for preschool children with Downs Syndrome. In addition to therapy it enables families to meet others facing similar issues for support and information sharing.
Carolyn and David Edwards are members of the club and their grandson, Arthur, who is two and a half year’s old, has been accessing their services since he was 10 months. He has benefitted from Sparkles immensely, making great steps forward in his development.
The charity is completely parent run with all active roles being filled voluntarily in their own time. Parents organise charity events, recruit therapists and manage finances to allow the charity to exist. It relies solely on the fundraising efforts of the charity itself and others, such as the CSP Tennis Club, to continue to provide the invaluable therapy to the children it supports. Currently 30 families benefit from this service and we hope to be able to provide it as long as it is needed.
Beth – who is Mr and Mrs Edward’s daughter-in-law, gave a moving speech at the supper. She said, “We are immensely grateful for all the fundraising efforts of the Tennis Club. They have made a significant contribution through their Charity evening to Sparkles. The money raised by events such as this is really important to us being able to continue and to expand our offer to more children – it’s very important to us that we never turn down any family seeking our help.”
The club held a fun tennis tournament for members and following this around 50 members enjoyed a supper cooked by Nick Trigg and Adrian Radulescu. The club raised an amazing £1413 for Sparkles. For more information please contact: www.sparkles.org.uk