Our 2017 events have included a Tenpin bowling family event for deaf children and siblings aged 10 and under, plus a Freedog trampoline park event for our 11+ members. In September 2017 we organised an ice skating event for all members, which included a social meet up with pizza followed by a private session on the ice rink. This was our biggest event to date, with 45 adults and 55 children attending on the day!
In 2018 we had a pool party and a pottery event, giving children and parents the opportunity to meet new deaf friends and make new ones. Our now annual iceskating event was a great success once again and trampolining was added on after for those who were able to stay.
In May 2018 we funded 12 of our members to complete an online BSL course to promote communication.
In 2018 we funded our DCS member, Maisie Sly, to travel to The Oscars where 'The Silent Child' Film won an Oscar in the category, live action short film - This success has promoted deaf awareness internationally and Maisie continues in her work to raise awareness.
In 2018 we were interviewed on Radio Wiltshire and Swindon 105 and took part in a panel at The Silent Child film showing.. lots of opportunities to promote deaf awareness and our charity.
In 2018 we had one child member pass audition and win a drama place at the NDCS 'raising the bar' weekend, as well as being a child actor in the NDCS Technology videos.
Early in 2019 we went to see the Swindon Wildcats Ice Hockey team win against Streatham and held a quieter event, pottery making, again giving families and children the chance to meet up and make deaf friends and support one another.
A huge thank you to Moose Swindon 32 Lodge for their generous donation of £500 and inviting us as their guest speaker in March 2019.
Thank you so much to the Mothers Union Christian Care for Families for their donation of £70 in February 2019.
A big thank you to Tumble Tots in Royal Wootton Basset who raised £100.83 for us in the run up to Christmas 2018... in their Christmas clothing week.
Thank you so much to our nine brave fundraisers, Codey Bassett, Daniel Bishop, Kelly-Ann Davy, Helen Green, Josh Headland, Sam Headland, Jodie Voller, Leah Voller and Sam Ward who completed their skydives on Sunday 24th September and Sunday 8th October 2017.
Swindon Gateway BSL Group, who chose us as one of their supported charities and donated £160 in 2017.
A cake sale held by the Wyvern Theatre and Prime Theatre for Deaf Awareness raised £51, which they kindly donated to the DCS.
Helen Browning's Organics and The Royal Oak Bishopstone, who chose us as their supported charity in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the Bishopstone International Pig Racing Fiesta and allowed us to run a very successful homemade cakes and face painting stall. A massive thank you to Helen, Tim Finney and the team.
Pam Cheesley, who organised a staff reunion in October 2016, with the profit of £250 from the event going to the DCS. The amount raised was also matched by her employer.
Thomas Green, Steve Le Cornu, Stuart Lucarotti, Hannah Marsh andLaura Zarola- five amazingly brave, or crazy people who volunteered to do a tandem skydive to raise funds for us on Sunday 15th May 2016. Together they raised over £2105 profit!
Claire Frances, who took part in the Ironman Wales on 13th September 2015- her first Iron distance triathlon. Claire swam 2.4miles in the sea, cycled 112 miles of Welsh hills and then ran a marathon all back to back. What an amazing achievement! Claire raised £398.75 with Gift Aid.
Anthony Dyer, Chelsey Stephenson, Debbie Smith, Emma Gray, Jo Wood, Joe Garlick, Lee Robbins, Libby Clark, Natasha Gallagher and Stuart Hutchings- Ten amazingly brave, or crazy people, who volunteered to do a tandem skydive to raise funds for us on Sunday 20th September 2015. Collectively they raised over £4250 after jump fees!
Stuart Kent, Ben Parkyn, Damian Roche and Louise Sweet, four amazingly brave, or crazy people who volunteered to do a tandem skydive to raise funds for us on Sunday 28th June 2015. Together they raised over £1050 profit!
Nationwide raised a massive £1226.48 with Gift Aid by climbing Snowdon, having dress down days, selling sweets and doing other sponsored events.
Smiths News raised £205 for us by doing Stoptober.
Westlecot Bowls Club also picked us as their local charity to raise money for. They raised £675 by running coffee mornings and a tombola.
Barclays Bristol, Bath and Swindon team chose us as one of three charities to benefit from their sponsored Walk a Mile initiative, raising £136.
Our secretary Millie Green held a Pampered Chef party and raised £113.47.
Prepay Solutions donated a laptop which has been hugely helpful for all the admin, promotional work and website maintenance.
We have also had £335 kindly left to us in a will, which is wonderful that people are thinking about us and wanting to help even when they are no longer with us.
4. Choose a web address for your fundraising page
We rely on volunteers and our wonderful fundraisers. If you are interested in fundraising for us please get it touch. We use Just Giving so you'll have access to the best fundraising tools around, including JustTextGiving – the UK’s first free text donation service.
Your friends and family can donate to your fundraising page whenever and wherever is convenient for them – on JustGiving.com or on Facebook, through their computer or on their mobile.
Once you have created your page following the instructions below:
1. Email your friends & family
2. Tell everyone your text code
3. Share your page on Facebook
a JustGiving account
3. Choose the type of fundraising you’re doing
We will be booking skydives again soon for May and September 2019. Please contact us if you are interested or know of any friends or family that would love to do this and raise funds for us. Minimum amount to raise is £350 and the skydive is free. Thank you.
Don't forget to come along and show your support at the Annual Pig Racing event in Bishopstone on Sunday 2nd June.
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"Why am I doing it? Because I am mad but I am doing it for my mum. My mum is deaf. I never fully appreciated how debilitating hearing loss can be. If mum had received some of the help and support that is available now when she was younger, her life now could be very different. So I want to raise a little money for children with hearing difficulties" Claire Frances
"The Swindon DCS is my local group which has given my family support and the opportunity to meet other families in similar situations. I am hoping to raise as much as I can to help the Swindon DCS as a thank you for their support and to help others that are in the same situation now and the future." Daniel Bishop
"I was born profoundly deaf since birth and underwent a major surgery to provide me an Cochlear Implant at the age of 2. This was a difficult decision my parents had to make but the charity's support given to myself and my family has been essential. In more recent years, I have been diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, however, I have not let this condition effect me in any shape or form! The charity itself gave me the opportunity to learn sign language and created life long friendships with other deaf people who have been through similar experience. The charity has a huge place in my heart and I could not give my thanks enough for everything they have done for myself, my family and friends." Jodie Voller