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Ailith Completes Keswick Sprint Triathlon!

Our service manager, Ailith, took on the Keswick Sprint Triathlon on Saturday to kickstart our Crowdfunder that will support and improve our sport sessions. 🏊‍♀️🚴‍♀️🏃‍♀️

If you're in a position to donate, you can here (using the link below), and your donation will be doubled!

Click here to support Ailith and help raise vital funds to keep our sports sessions going.


New Crowdfunder to support Sunshine Sport Sessions

We have recently launched a new Crowdfunder page to support our Sport Sessions, and we have just been accepted for a matched fund scheme which means for every donation someone makes the BA Better World Community Fund will match! 

The BA Better World Community Fund is supporting communities to create a better world by funding projects that benefit any of the following: education, thriving communities, employment, environment, diversity, inclusion & wellbeing. We have to reach 25% of the target before British Airways start to match the donations. We must also receive donations from a minimum of 25 unique supporters. 

About Sunshine and Smiles Sport Sessions

Sunshine & Smiles is committed to running accessible & free sessions to encourage active and healthy lifestyles for children and young people who have Down syndrome. We currently run sessions offering football, swimming, cricket, yoga and movement either fortnightly or monthly.

Giving People the Same Chances in Life

These sessions are run specifically for people with Down syndrome so they have experienced coaches and staff to ensure our young people can participate. Often 'mainstream' sports sessions are not accessible for people with Down syndrome so we want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy and take part in a wide variety of activities in a safe and supportive environment.

Impact of Covid

Over the Covid pandemic fundraising and access to grants has become much more difficult and we are coming to the end of our last grant for our swimming sessions for example - but we want to keep these sessions running and we want them to be free for our families to keep our support as inclusive as possible.

Support Us To Develop

We would also like to expand our offer of sports activities over time but will need additional funding to recruit the right coaches, hire venues and buy any specific equipment. We are currently planning a running club, basketball sessions, cycling sessions and triathlon coaching.

Click here to donate!

We have been accepted for match funding! If you would like to set up your own fundraising page to contribute to the crowdfunder you can do so here.

Thank you for your ongoing support, from all of us at Sunshine and Smiles.

Click here to donate!

More news articles

Give A Gift Zumbathon

12th Apr 2024

Thank you to Give a Gift who ran a Zumbathon which raised an absolutely incredible £8,000 for us!


Well done, Kerry!

12th Apr 2024

Well done to Kerry Maule who completed the Brighton marathon on 7th April and raised a fantastic  £560 for Sunshine & Smiles!


WDSD - Thank you, Jacqueline!

12th Apr 2024

A big thank you to Jacqueline Moffatt Coulson, who raised £300 for Sunshine & Smiles by holding a bake sale at her son Noah’s school


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