Christmas is Coming

On Friday 23 October, a Christmas Fayre was held in aid of Swings & Smiles at a lovely family home in Highclere.

Sarah, Pam and Lynn had worked incredibly hard to create a fabulous festive occasion with about a dozen stalls selling beautiful jewellery, handmade chocolates,, candles, stylish clothing and many more. The entry price of £3 included delicious homemade cakes. Everyone was incredibly generous with £600 being raised. We are incredibly grateful to all who were so generous and to Sarah, Pam and Lynn for choosing Swings & Smiles to benefit.

Spooky Spectacular

Our Halloween party this year was celebrated by over 50 children and very kindly supported by the Hilton Newbury.

The rooms and halls of the Phoenix Resource Centre were given a ghostly makeover on Friday 30th October when we held our annual Halloween celebration.

Children, parents and staff all got into the spirit and dressed up in their finest scary outfits to enjoy this special evening.

Alongside all the usual fun in the softplay room there were arts and crafts, jelly dipping, an amazing buffet and a rather noisy disco.  We all finished the evening off with a trip around the centre corridors knocking on doors and seeing if we would get a trick or a treat!

All money raised from the party will go towards the resources required to keep running play sessions at the Phoenix Resource Centre throughout the year.  A huge thanks to the Hilton for their support at this event.



Awesome Aerobathon!

Saturday 17th October saw the first ever Swings & Smiles Aerobathon.

Fitness instructors Suzi Moores and Sam Gromett put thirty-five of us through our paces for over 2 hours at Park House school to raise funds for Swings & Smiles.  Suzi’s daughter Lexie attends Swings & Smiles and along with brother Maxwell they always have a great time at the centre which inspired Suzi to want to lead this super event.

Fancy lycra and tutus were the order of the day and a very healthy £350 was raised.  We ended the morning with a pasta lunch and a mountain of cupcakes that had been kindly baked by volunteers from Downe House School.

Even though there were a lot of achy limbs the next day watch this space as we’ll be doing it all over again in 2016!!