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Challengers Charity Celebrates Two Fund-raising Anniversaries

Published on: 12 Jun, 2024
Updated on: 12 Jun, 2024

By David Reading

Challengers, the Guildford-based charity that supports disabled youngsters, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of two of its significant fund-raising ventures.

The charity needs to raise £1.2 million a year in voluntary income to sustain its services, and integral to raising these funds are its fund-raising events.

Since its inception in 1979, the charity has been committed to ending social isolation for disabled children by providing inclusive opportunities for them to have fun and make friends, whilst giving their families respite from the demands of caring.

The two 10th anniversary events taking place this summer are the Challengers Motoring Event and the Wood Street Jazz Festival.

The motoring event – described as a staple event for car lovers – takes place on Sunday, July 14th, across various Surrey locations.

Challengers Motoring Event

From classic cars to supercars, the event celebrates the joy of motoring while raising awareness and funds for Challengers’ services.

This year’s event will start at Brooklands Museum, the birthplace of British motorsport. The participants will then navigate a route through the Surrey countryside, ending at a private motor museum which hosts one of the UK’s most extensive collections of specialist cars and motoring memorabilia.

The Wood Street Jazz Festival takes place on Sunday, July 21st.

Dancing to the jazz on Wood Street Village green in 2021.

Challengers say: “This promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of soul-stirring jazz performances. Nestled in the heart of Wood Street Village, this relaxed and family-friendly festival is held in partnership with Guildford Jazz, who have organised a riveting musical programme.”

This includes one of the UK’s finest and in-demand swing bands, Jivin’ Miss Daisy; the award-winning Nigel Price Organ Trio; and the ever-popular Somethin’ Else Big Band.

Challengers CEO Gen Dearman said: “We are immensely proud to mark the 10th anniversary of two truly amazing events which are hallmarks in the social calendars of many Challengers supporters. As we celebrate this milestone, we hope that our 10th anniversary events will be their biggest and brightest yet, raising vital funds to support our disabled children and young people.

“Alongside these long-standing favourites, we also added some new events this year, including our Challengers Gala Dinner in March and our new family festival, Orange Aid, which will be taking place in September.

“I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who has attends our events. Supporting the charity in this way really makes a huge difference, as it helps us to bring joy to hundreds of disabled children each year and give their families a much-needed break from demanding care responsibilities.”

To read more about these events visit the Challengers Events page.




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