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Proud to raise over £2K for Hands Up For Downs

We were delighted to have been able to provide local charity Hands Up For Downs with an early Christmas present this year, presenting it with a cheque for £2,500 at our end of year meeting.

The cheque was presented to the charity’s treasurer, Samantha Fisher, by our Chairman, Anthony Thomas, and our training officer, Gemma Mineur, at the Swansea.com stadium last week.

Hands Up For Downs is a registered charity affiliated to the Down’s Syndrome Association. Founded in May 2014, this parent-run support group brings families, parents, carers and children with Down Syndrome together to share advice and support, and as a group ensure that children living with Down Syndrome are given access to the services they need.

The funds were raised by SBCSG members through an auction and raffle, hosted and compared by Swansea legend Kev Johns, at our annual awards ceremony, held earlier in the year at the Village Hotel, Swansea.

Our annual awards highlight the achievements of apprentices and future talent within the construction industry in the South Wales region. It is also part of an overall objective to promote the construction industry’s image and showcase the benefits of considering the construction industry as a career path, and what skills individuals can gain from this profession. Next year’s awards are due to be held at the Swansea.com stadium on June 23, 2023.

As well as the cheque presentation, our end of year meeting also saw a presentation from 2B enterprising about its Bumbles of Honeywood project – a programme that works in collaboration with businesses and schools to teach young children (aged 5 years plus) to be enterprising whilst introducing them to valuable life lessons and skills.

The meeting was very well attended by our member organisations: John Weaver, ASW Property Services, CJ Construction, Swansea Council, Greenhat, Tilbury Douglas, MA Hartley, CITB, NPTC Group, Gower College, J.G. Hale Construction, Cyfle Building Skills, Rowecord, Roger Bullivant, and V&C (SW) Ltd.

Samantha Fisher, Treasurer, Hands Up For Downs, said:

“Hands Up For Downs is a parent volunteer run organisation which supports over 50 families across the Swansea Bay area. Over the past few years, our fundraising capability has been vastly reduced due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, so we are extremely grateful for the continuing support SBCSG have shown us in raising vital funds – they are absolutely awesome!

“Every single penny raised enables the continuation of services for members and their families. These services are life changing and will help our children reach their full potential so that they can lead happy and fulfilling lives. Our provision includes speech and language therapy sessions, physiotherapy, gymnastics, specialised swimming lessons, Makaton sign language workshops for parents and teachers, and practical and emotional support for families.”

Anthony Thomas, our Chairman, added:

“It was a pleasure to be able to hand over the cheque to Sam from Hands Up For Downs at our end of year meeting. The work this parent-run organisation does to raise awareness, change perceptions, and help children living with Down Syndrome thrive is fantastic. We are sure the funds will be put to good use and wish everyone involved with the charity a very merry Christmas.”