Charity

One of the main reason why we do what we do is to help raise money from our profits for charity. Over the last 11 years, we have been able to donate over £35,000 to local charities including Linkable, Stepping Stones DS, Chloe’s & Sophie’s Special Ears Fund (CSSEF), ASCT, Christopher’s Smile, Frimley Park Hospital’s “End of Life” Garden Appeal, Disability Initiative, Portesbery Road School, CHASE Childrens Hospice, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For our 2019 production of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ we are proud and thrilled to be supporting THE-ZONE! 

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The-Zone! is a local charity, based in Farnborough, that supports families living with autism or other additional needs in the Hampshire/Surrey border area. The-Zone! runs activities and trips for families, and coffee mornings and a Facebook group for parents. The group is run by volunteers who are mostly all parents of children with autism. 

Autism affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. People might struggle with body language, facial expressions, taking things literally and seeing another’s point of view. They may experience anxiety and sensory overload when out and about. It can be really hard for families to go out and take part in things when their children can’t cope or others are not accepting of them.

The-Zone! runs sessions in Farnborough once per month in term-time and weekly in holidays for children of all ages, and one evening per month for teens. They have consoles, laptops, toys, crafts, as well as bikes and bouncy castles in the summer.

The-Zone! provides autism friendly trips out to soft play, science centre, farms, bowling, laser run, donutting and more! Families benefit from the opportunity to connect, where autism and similar needs are the norm and where everyone can feel accepted. It makes a big difference to families, enabling them to get their children out of the house and joining in with activities.  Activities run by The-Zone! are for the whole family – the parents attend the activities with their child and any siblings.

The-Zone! can only offer its activities with the help of kind fundraising donations. They do have a charge for families attending their activities, but this does not cover the full costs of room hire and trips. When they organise trips, they often have to hire the venue exclusively in order to provide an appropriate environment for their families. The-Zone! will use the money raised by The Hats towards continuing to provide much needed monthly sessions for families as well as autism friendly activities/trips in the local community.

The-Zone! has recently lost funding from Hampshire County Council due to cutbacks and therefore these kind of fundraising opportunities are more important than ever and make a big difference to them.

 

Further information about The-Zone! can be found at their website: www.the-zone.org.uk

Follow them on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheZoneASD

Twitter: @TheZoneASD

 

 

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