Challengers

Play for All

Challengers is a children's charity that is committed to putting smiles on the faces of disabled children and young people through a wide range of play and leisure activities. Our vision is a world where all children and young people can play together, freely.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1095134)

Campaign target

£79,950

Amount raised

£77,520

Donations

33

Championed by The Reed Foundation - UK

  • Without Challengers, Charlie would not have had access to the outside world, to participate in wonderful activities and grow in confidence. They have contributed enormously towards giving my son a happy future, to be an important part of society, and strive to reach his potential.

    — Alison, Mum

  • My daughter went from Play to Youth in September 2018. I was worried about such a huge change but it happened almost seamlessly. She absolutely loves going to Challengers. It’s such an enriching experience for her every time, and I have more time for my other daughter and myself.

    — Elizabeth, Mum

  • In one sentence, we couldn’t have done it without Challengers, and I hope that it continues to thrive and provide the care, play and friendship for a great many more disabled young people into the future.

    — Peter, Dad

Situation

51% of disabled children have been intentionally excluded from play opportunities. Disabled children are amongst the most disadvantaged and marginalised in society. According to The Children's Society, 40% of disabled children in the UK live in poverty; the average cost of raising a disabled child costing three times more compared to a non-disabled child. This leaves little to no income available for disabled children to benefit from recreational activities, play or leisure activities.

Solution

Challengers provide quality, inclusive and affordable play and leisure activities for children and young people who have frequently been excluded from other leisure, play or educational settings. At Challengers, all children are welcomed and valued, regardless of how challenging their care needs. Our young service users know that they always have somewhere to go where they can make friends and challenge their impairments in a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental atmosphere.