Double Donation from DoubleTree

We had a wonderful surprise last week when a team from Double Tree by Hilton Newbury North arrived to present us with a cheque.

We received an amazing donation of £1,474 which was the money raised from the past two quiz evenings – both of which were great fun and a huge success.
Watch this space for another quiz later this year.


On Friday 19th May we officially opened our play facility for families with special needs children at A Place to Play, Lower Way Thatcham. The opening event was attended by many long-standing supporters as well as representatives from local businesses, a lot of whom gave up their time free of charge to help us with our move.

Sian Cook said: “We had begun to outgrow the Phoenix Resource Centre and needed more space including outdoor and to be able to increase our opening times. Our potential demand is increasing year on year and the Lower Way building offers a good, secure outdoor space. It’s very important for the children who come to us to be able to enjoy outside play so the new base is perfect for us. Our thanks go to all those companies and individuals who helped us with the move.”
Companies who helped with the move include:
A Brush Above The Rest; Arena Security; Buildbase; Bonkers Play; Calco; David Wilson Homes; Floorcraft; The Freemasons; Grundon; ITQ; Mercedes; Marshalls Chartered Surveyors; MFG; Moore Blatch Solicitor; Opemed; Rapid Clean; Russell Evans Chartered Surveyors; Scofell; Service Master; SpaceKraft; Westronics;
Following the Open Evening, there was a weekend of action-packed fun. Saturday afternoon saw Swings & Smiles host a Harry Potter Themed Grand Opening for all its families with 106 people attending.


On 30th April the Royal Oak in Ecchinswell hosted the village May Fair for the 4th consecutive year. The event was a great success and drew in crowds from far and wide. There was a host of different activities on offer and everyone had a fantastic time. Fortunately, the rain held off all day.

The event raised an amazing £2,500 for us and we are extremely grateful to Chris and Laura from the Royal Oak, along with all the Committee members, who worked so hard to make this such a success. It is thanks to support like this that we can continue to provide our invaluable service for families with special needs children. Thank You.