Thatcham Tornadoes Strike Again

Saturday 18th October saw the Thatcham Festival of Arts & Leisure Infants Football Festival. The festival was a great success with children honing their football skills.

The Scouts put on a BBQ despite the rather damp conditions and, all in all, everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable morning. As part of the event the SPX Thatcham Tornadoes put on the speedshot with children seeing just how fast they could kick the ball into the goal. The fastest time was the winner and all the proceeds from this will be donated to Swings & Smiles. A huge thank you to the organisers for supporting Swings & Smiles for the second year running.

Make Some Noise

Swings & Smiles were delighted to be chosen as one of the charities to be supported by Global’s Make Some Noise, a new national charity that helps disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Fundraising has begun and grants are being awarded to projects across the country that help children and young people affected by illness, disability, bereavement or lack of opportunity.

Global is a Media & Entertainment Company which is home to the famous brands Heart FM, Classic FM, Smooth, Capital FM and others reaching a combined 23.2 million people every week. These stations all joined forces to unite behind this one cause of making a difference to young people’s lives.

The first ‘Make Some Noise’ charity appeal culminated in ‘Make Some Noise Day’ on Thursday 9th October. This saw Sian and Tor head to Leicester Square in London to help the ‘Make Some Noise Cycling Challenge’ to cycle the distance between John O’Groats and Land’s End in a day. The cycling took place on the roof of Global FM’s offices and the full distance was achieved with the help of well-known celebrities including Emma Bunton, Jenni Falconer, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill and Olly Murs, to name but a few!

Rain Stopped Play!

Our annual Golf Day took place yesterday on Thursday 9th October at Sandford Springs Golf Club.

Due to thunder and lightning play ceased after 14 holes. However, this did not dampen the spirits of all the competitors.

The winning team, Greatworth, with a score of 67 was captained by Charlie Woodhead who was accompanied by Peter Horton, Ker Gilchrist and Richard Prosser. The second team, Norfolk & Chance B, was only one point behind with a score of 67. This team was captained by Mark Dillon and comprised of Jock Douglas, Chris Terrett and Mark Sims. Two points behind the second tea, was Scofell, captained by Simon Walker, and accompanied by Angus Breton, Peter Benson and Roderick Grafton.

Other winners on the day was Johnnie Green who won the longest drive, Charles Dixon, who won the straightest drive and the winner of the nearest the pin was Shaun Hawkins.

But the main winner of the day was Swings & Smiles who benefitted from just over £3k raised from the generous support of all the competitors via a raffle and auction.

Special thanks goes to Jock Harmer of W.W.Giles (Smithfields) Ltd, who sponsored the day for the second year running.

Cycling for Swings & Smiles

This weekend we were presented with a cheque for an amazing £6,488.75 from the Graham Family!

Martin Graham, his two sons Harry and Jack and his two nephews Joseph and Oliver decided to embark upon a challenge to cycle 1000 miles over 12 days in the middle of summer from London to North West Italy. They followed an old pilgrim’s trail scaling numerous peaks including the Alps and went through a total of seven different countries.

In total, they raised a staggering £12,977 which they split between Swings & Smiles and Cystic Fibrosis. Pippa Graham, daughter of Martin Graham, is one of the play leaders at Swings & Smiles.