Torch relay nets funds for children’s charity

Action for Kids Presentation

Fund raisers from supported living projects and care homes across the capital are helping transform the lives of young people with physical and learning disabilities.

Service users and staff from independent care provider Regard’s London region raised more than £1,000 for Action for Kids with a torch relay, visiting all the organisation’s projects in the area.

Each service welcomed the torch and either held an event or joined in another event.

“They have done an absolutely fantastic job,” said the charity’s Lyn Prodger. “It was a tough challenge and I would like to thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart.

“We are a really small charity and yet the work we do to help children and young people towards independence is vital.

“Our vision is a world where all disabled young people and their families receive the support and advice they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it.”

Staff and service users, friends and family members from across the London region all took part with events including sponsored walks, an art sale, a football sweepstake, a tug of war, Jubilee and Olympic themed parties, and a Caribbean-themed barbeque.

One event saw regional director Jan Cartmell and locality manager Liz Milton getting hit with wet sponges in Crystal Palace park.

The torch relay left Regard’s headquarters in Kingston upon Thames on May 8 and returned 75 days later when David Bell and Stephen Landridge from Vancouver Road care home, Forest Hill, handed over the torch to Regard chief executive Sandie Foxall-Smith.

“The relay was an ambitious feat and meant so much to everyone involved. It is an amazing achievement and I am desperately proud of everyone who took part,” said Sandie Foxall-Smith.

For further information on Action for Kids visit: www.actionforkids.org and to learn more about the Regard Group see the company’s website at: www.regard.co.uk.

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