Runners Light Up The Night

Runners Light Up the Night for Diverse Abilities

Poole Park was glowing on Saturday as hundreds of runners took part in the first Dorset Neon Run, in aid of Diverse Abilities, raising over £25,000 for the charity that supports children and adults living with disabilities in Dorset.

Over 350 people glowed and lit up the park as they ran the 5k course donning their neon paint, tutus, glow sticks and bracelets.

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Tree-cycle Scheme is a Huge Success for Diverse Abilities

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, recently raised £3,469 by collecting Christmas trees for recycling.

Over the course of a weekend in January, 447 Christmas trees were collected from local residents in Dorset after they pre-booked their collections making a minimum of £5 donation per tree.

Volunteers gave their time and lent their vans to collect trees from Poole, Bournemouth and other areas of Dorset.

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Diverse Abilities Say Thank You

On Wednesday 14 December, staff from Diverse Abilities took to the phones with a specific goal – to call everyone who has supported the charity throughout 2016 and simply say ‘thank you’.

Throughout the day - dubbed Thank You Day - the various teams based at the Dorset charity’s Poole HQ endeavoured to call each person who had raised money, took part in a charity event or simply donated to Diverse Abilities over the course of the previous 12 months, to personally express gratitude for their act of kindness.

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Charity’s Brand-New Respite Home Officially Opens

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is delighted to announce that its brand-new children’s respite home is officially opened and has been named Lily’s Place.

Over a year ago the charity, that supports children and adults with disabilities and their families, launched the Lilypad Appeal and thanks to many local supporters the respite home, formally known as Smithers, has now been renovated and redeveloped to create a brand-new space.

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£60,000 Granted to Diverse Abilities

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is thrilled to have received a grant of £60,000 from the St James’s Place Foundation, the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group.

The grant will specifically help towards funding a vital role within the charity’s children team for a period of three years. This role is extremely vital, as without it the charity’s holiday and after school activities for children with disabilities and their siblings would not be available.

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Having an Oarsome Time for Charity

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, recently held its famous Dragon Boat Race, inspired by the colourful and competitive Chinese sporting spectacle. The event, sponsored by Spectrum Housing Group, took place in Poole Park and raised over £12,000.

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Help Children’s Respite Home Change Families Lives

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, launched its Lilypad Appeal last year and is now just £35,000 away from providing more children with disabilities in Dorset, and their families, the vital support they need.

The Lilypad Appeal has already received significant backing from many supporters, which has contributed towards the redevelopment of the 21-year-old children’s respite home.

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Ladies Who Lunch Raise Over £2,500 for Lilypad Appeal

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, recently raised over £2,500 at its recent Ladies Lunch at the Harbour Heights Hotel in aid of its Lilypad Appeal, which is refurbishing its children respite home in Poole to support more children and families in the county.

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Sporting Bears Motor Club raise £4,120 for Diverse Abilities

The Sporting Bears Motor Club raised an amazing £4,120 for Diverse Abilities at this year’s Wheels Festival in Bournemouth by giving car lovers the chance to ride in a luxury car.

The funds raised will be supporting children with disabilities in Dorset as part of the charity’s Lilypad Appeal, which is renovating the Dorset charity’s respite home for children with complex disabilities, and their families.

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Hardy Monument Abseil Raises over £5,000 for Dorset Charity

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, recently held its annual abseil challenge at the Hardy Monument in Dorchester, thanks to the kind permission of The National Trust. The event raised £5,346 which will help the charity to continuing providing vital support to children and adults with disabilities across the county.

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Julia’s House Time For Tea Campaign

Celebrities Pose for Mugshots

Julian Fellowes, Brian Blessed, Sir Tom Stoppard and rock band The Vamps are among famous names posing for ‘mugshots’ in support of the Julia’s House Time For Tea campaign this summer.

The stars join Julia’s House Patrons, Jasper Conran, Eddie Howe, Harry Redknapp, Debra Stephenson, Minette Walters and Chris Jarvis as they rally behind the children’s hospice charity’s annual tea party fundraiser.

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Jenny Takes on New Heights for Diverse Abilities

Diverse Abilities Communications Manager, Jenny Pearce, is climbing new heights by taking on the world’s second tallest mountain Kilimanjaro in February 2017 to raise over £4,000 for the charity that supports children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

Jenny is taking on the challenge of climbing the 5,895m mountain, walking the Lemosho route over seven days.

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