Gold-i Foundation Supports Challengers’ Young Ambassadors

Challengers has received a grant of £1,450 from the Gold-i Foundation for Innovation to help fund its new Young Ambassadors programme – a unique project to engage with siblings and young carers of disabled children and young people in Surrey.

The grant builds on a donation of £550 which was raised by Gold-i employees at the company’s Summer Fete, bringing the total donated by the Guildford-based FinTech company to £2,000. The money will be used to support additional spaces at Challengers’ schemes for siblings and young carers as well as providing training and support if they would like to become fully operative young ambassadors of the charity.

Jenny Bebbington, Gold-i’s HR Manager and Head of the Gold-i Foundation Committee said, “As a business with strong family values, the submission from Challengers really stood out. The Young Ambassadors programme is an invaluable initiative which provides peer support to siblings and young carers whilst also strengthening the bond between them and their disabled sibling. We are delighted to have been able to donate £2,000 to Challengers.” 

Laura Sercombe, CEO from Challengers added, “Our Young Ambassadors is a pioneering programme which we believe can make a huge impact. Brothers and sisters will be in the lives of their disabled siblings longer than anyone. They will be there after parents are gone and special education services are a distant memory. If they are given support and information, they can help their siblings to live dignified lives and develop independent, strong lives of their own. We are very thankful to Gold-i for their support.”

The Gold-i Foundation was launched in 2015 in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey. Laura Thurlow, Deputy Director, Community Foundation for Surrey concluded, “The Gold-i Foundation provides funding to help charities and local organisations in our community to push boundaries and do something remarkable. The Young Ambassadors programme is a great example of this and has the potential to be a template for others to adopt nationally.”

Challengers is a charitable company which strives to provide recreational and leisure opportunities for all disabled children and young people aged two to 25 years. The charity was founded in 1979 and supports over 1,400 disabled children and young people from Surrey & Hampshire with the aim to challenge young people to explore the limits of their impairment.

Challengers is aiming to raise £20,000 to roll out its Young Ambassadors programme.  With thanks to Community Foundation Surrey, £13,981 has been raised to date.   For further information or to provide support, please contact Laura Attwater on 01483 230 060 or email lauraattwater@disability-challengers.org

Grants from the Gold-i Foundation for Innovation will be made up to three times per year. To find out more or to express an interest in funding for your organisation, please contact the Community Foundation for Surrey on 01483 478 092 or visit www.cfsurrey.org.uk