Point of Light Award for Sian Cook

Sian Cook, Founder of Swings & Smiles, was presented with the Point of Light Award by Richard Benyon MP at a recent fundraising event held at Englefield House.

Sian is the latest recipient of this award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Prime Minister David Cameron said: “With Swings & Smiles, Sian has created a fantastic place where families with disabled children can play together in a supported environment. Thanks to her tireless fundraising and commitment, hundreds of families now have indoor and outdoor recreational facilities they can enjoy with other families who understand the additional challenges they face.  To those families, Sian is truly a Point of Light.”


Quiz Tarrant Success

An incredible £50,000 was raised on Friday evening at a quiz night hosted by Chris Tarrant OBE and patron of Swings & Smiles.


Held at the stunning Englefield House, home to Richard Benyon MP also patron of Swings & Smiles, guests enjoyed a three course dinner during which they took part in a light hearted general knowledge and pop quiz which saw many guests dancing to the music clues! 

The money raised will go towards setting up our own dedicated centre for our families and a potential new site of the Lower Way pavilion in Thatcham has been identified with a building that would meet our requirements along with outdoor space and in a very accessible location. This represents a significant undertaking and one for which funds raised will help us establish our long term future.