The Hop Skip & Jump Swindon Appeal has received a boost in the form of a visit from Swindon Town FC Captain Jonathan Douglas.
The Robins midfielder paid a visit to Hop Skip & Jump’s sister centre near Cheltenham to meet children, volunteers and staff, and to find out more about how the centres operate.
Hop Skip & Jump, Swindon, Town FC’s Charity of the Year, has a big appeal underway to build a new centre for children with special needs in the town’s Lydiard Park. The new centre will offer flexible, immediate and sustained day care for the children, and support for their families.
During his visit, Jonathan Douglas took time out to play football with some of the children at the centre, and to launch the new Hop Skip & Jump orange wristbands which the Club will be selling at upcoming matches for £2 each to help raise money for the new play centre.
Development manager for Hop Skip & Jump, Lynne Godwin said “We are absolutely delighted to have the support of Swindon Town Football Club in our efforts to raise funds for a new Hop Skip and Jump centre in Swindon. Jonathan’s visit to our existing centre in Gloucestershire was a great success and the children were delighted to meet him.”
“Hop Skip and Jump has been successfully working with children with special needs and their families to provide care and respite since 1981. Both our Cheltenham centre and our one in Bristol are extremely popular and we have people travelling to them from all over the country which is why we are now raising money to build a new centre.
“We’re also really pleased that the Club will be lending a hand by selling Hop Skip and Jump wristbands to help us reach our fundraising target.”
Anyone wanting to know more information about the Hop Skip & Jump Swindon appeal can visit www.hopskipandjumpswindon.org. Postal donations can be sent to; The Hop Skip & Jump Swindon Appeal, Avening Park, West End, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8NE.