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9th May 2016: Stuart and Partners sponsoring Golf Day

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We are delighted that Stuart & Partners letting agents are the headline sponsors at Kangaroos 2nd Golf Day and Dinner. The event will be held at the Mid Sussex Golf Club in Ditchling, on Friday 13th May 2016 and all proceeds from the event will be coming to Kangaroos. The day will include a great golfing day out with 15 teams attending, followed by a dinner, fantastic auction, presentation of prizes and raffle. Kangaroos would like to thank in advance all those who will be attending and supporting this special event, enabling us to raise funds to help continue the provision of clubs and activities for children and young adults with learning disabilities in and around Mid Sussex. If you feel you would like to contribute in any way or if you would like further information about the charity please use the contact details below. please email: sam@kangaroos.org.uk Tel: 01444 459108 / mob: 07827 011061 www.facebook.com/Kangaroos.midsussex Registered Charity Number: 1150202 About Stuart & Partners Specialist letting agents in Haywards Heath and Hassocks. Stuart & Partners is a family-run letting agents with offices in Haywards Heath and Hassocks, which offers 30 years experience of solely lettings, and prides itself on offering an outstanding personal service. They provide an unrivaled service for both property owners with property to let out, and tenants looking for a house or flat to rent. For more info contact www.stuartandpartners.co.uk/ Tel: 01444 414931 info@stuartandpartners.co.uk

6th Sep 2014: 20th Party Celebration

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Thank you to everyone who attended our 20th Anniversary celebration on Saturday 6th September at The Kings Centre in Burgess Hill and made it such a fantastic event. We were joined by nearly 200 party goers including our members and their families, staff, volunteers, local supporters, Burgess Hill & Haywards Heath Mayors and the High Sheriff of West Sussex. It was very special to see some of our past members and their families, past staff and volunteers, together with a few of our original Kangaroos and committee members!! A fantastic buffet lunch was laid on, as well as entertainment, including a large indoor bouncy castle, disco and circus skills. Congratulations to Richard Johnson, pictured above with Kangaroos Founder and Projects and Funding Manager Jenni Herrett, who won the luxury hamper in our prize draw. Proceeds from the Raffle, donations and sale of Christmas Cards came to £290.00 A special thank you to everyone that assisted on the day to help make it all happen and run smoothly!

2nd Jun 2014: Paella & Pimms

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About fifty members and supporters of Kangaroos and the Bognor Regis Branch of NASS enjoyed a joint fund-raising Paella and Pimm’s Party at Codmore Hill on Sunday June 1. Our photo shows some of them.

The event was held in the garden of Richard and Jenni Herrett. Despite occasional cloud, the weather was warm and dry and mainly sunny.

Jenni Herrett, the event’s hostess and Kangaroos’ Projects and Funding Manager, thanked everybody for attending and said how much the two charities valued their support.

Bognor NASS’s Chair, Anthony Tuffin, thanked Richard and Jenni Herrett for their hospitality and said that everyone had enjoyed themselves. He hoped that the charities would work together again in the future.

The party raised £600 which was shared between the two causes.

13th Apr 2014: South Downs Hike

A huge Well Done to Susannah Hall Hirst, one of our older members, who on the 13th April, walked 10 miles for Kangaroos along the South Downs, from Lewes to Ditchling Beacon and raised a brilliant £446.25! (Inc. gift Aid) She said that she wanted to do it as it was a challenge for her and also said that ‘Kangaroos’ is brilliant! Susannah has been coming to events run by Kangaroos for some years now and has said that life would not be the same without Kangaroos and that all the activities are 'inspirational'. As with the majority of young people who attend, Susannah has no social life outside of college, and Kangaroos gives her the social life she wouldn't otherwise have. Well done Susannah for making such a fantastic effort on behalf of Kangaroos.

25th Jun 2013: Lands End to John O\'Groats

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Teenager Holly and Father Steve,will be embarking on a gruelling cycling challenge from Lands End to John O’Groats soon to help raise money for Kangaroos. Holly’s younger brother attends Kangaroos on a regular basis and benefits from enjoying a wide range of different activities and outings. Holly, who is only 15 and a student from Oathall Community College, has recently just finished her G.C.S.ES and wanted to do something epic to support her little brother. She is currently working towards her Silver Duke of Edinburgh award and is combining this trip as a part of her record of achievement. They set off on the 7th July with the aim of covering just under 1000 miles in 14 days, hoping to arrive in John O\'Groats on the 20th July. Kangaroos have been fantastic for both Leo and for his family and continue to offer a much needed service in this area for lots of other families like them. But like so many organisations, the great work they do depends on raising funds to pay for all the activities they provide. So please dig deep and show your support for Steve and Holly by making a donation to Kangaroos www.justgiving.com/steve-farrage You can follow their progress by following their blog at http://raleighequipe.blogspot.co.uk/

10th Apr 2013: Tri-Challenge 1

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On Good Friday, Kangaroos took part in the Swimarathon as the first leg of our Tri-Challenge 2013. We entered three teams of young people, staff, volunteers and friends into the Swimarathon at the Dolphin Leisure Centre. This fun event organised by the Haywards Heath Lions Club, is in its 30th year and as it was a special year we were able to keep all the money we raised! Our three teams made a fantastic effort, swimming 250 lengths altogether and raised £385 to date.

\\r\\nOur Tri-Challenge now continues with the Greater Heath Bike Ride on Sunday 21st April followed by the Just Walk Charity Walk on the South Downs on Sunday 21st May. Office Staff from Kangaroos, are taking part in the Tri-Challenge to help raise some much needed funds and to spread awareness about Kangaroos in our local community. We have set ourselves a target of raising £1,000 to contribute towards some sensory toys for our younger children and trips out for our older members. To help us in this effort please visit our Justgiving page http://www.justgiving.com/Kangaroos-Tri-Challenge and wish us luck!\\r\\n

1st Apr 2013: EGGSTRA SPECIAL TREAT FOR KANGAROOS!

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Just before the Easter weekend we were the recent lucky recipients of a generous supply of Easter Eggs donated via The Easter Egg Appeal, which was promoted by Heart FM and run in partnership with Legal and General, who alone donated over 800 Easter Eggs. Pictured are members and staff from Kangaroos receiving the eggs from representatives from Heart FM and Legal General. The Appeal ran from the beginning of March, where collection baskets were placed in supermarkets across Sussex and Surrey and members of the public kindly donated Easter Eggs. These Easter Eggs were then collected and distributed to children's charities across Sussex and Surrey, including Kangaroos, Amaze Brighton, The Royal Alex and many more! Thank you to everyone who got involved!!

12th Mar 2013: Visit to watch Brighton & Hove

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Courtesy of a generous benefactor, a group of 12 young people accompanied by 5 staff were invited to watch Brighton and Hove play Huddersfield at the Amex Stadium on Saturday 2nd March Everyone was so eager to go to the match that most people turned up early so that we wouldn’t be late! Those who owned a Seagulls shirt, scarf or hat had them on to show their support and some of those who didn’t, wore something blue. As soon as we were in the queue to get to the car park, everyone’s spirits lifted and several songs and chants of support filled the bus! On arrival, we were directed to a great parking spot and then found our way to the reception where everyone got a goody bag and proceeded to put on their scarves. The stewards who took our tickets and the ones in our section were really helpful and friendly. The atmosphere was great, especially when the Seagulls scored their first goal. Unfortunately at half time the score was one all. When the second half kicked off you could hear the anticipation of the crowd every time the ball came near the net and we were in the best place possible to see the goal. Our seats were brilliant! The crowd became ecstatic as the Seagulls scored their second goal. And it didn’t stop there, the singing and chants and energy became stronger and louder as the team scored their third and then fourth goal! What excitement! By this point all of young people were joining in the celebrations by standing and clapping the goal scorers and cheering loudly and when the final whistle blew, the Seagulls had a victory of 4-1 Everyone in our stand was cheering and clapping. When we left, the stewards who had all been so kind to us had a quick chat with some of young people about the game and wished us all goodbye. On the journey back everyone was talking about what a great game it had been to watch and how much fun they had had. On behalf of all of us who attended, I would like to say a very big THANK YOU! We all had a wonderful time and it will be a memory that we all treasure

2nd Nov 2012: Queens Award Ceremony

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One of only two voluntary organisations in West Sussex to be given the award this year, Kangaroos was formally presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community 2012, on Tuesday 30th October by Mrs Susan Piper, The Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex.

\r\n\r\nAfter the citation was read out by Brenda Large, the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant , Mrs Piper congratulated Kangaroos on their Award, saying how proud everyone associated with the group should be with this achievement. Given that it was won by an organisation using a large number of volunteers made it particularly special, and she stated that without volunteers, many services in this country could not survive. She also emphasised how impressed she was with the level of support offered, and the wide age range that benefit from Kangaroos activities.

\r\n\r\nKangaroos Chair Person, Julia Horton, on receiving the Award from Mrs Piper was extremely eloquent in praising all the young volunteers who help out at Kangaroos saying “ if it were not for all our fantastic volunteers who have given over 2,000 hours of their time this year, we could not possibly continue to do what we do. Our volunteers are mainly young people from our local secondary schools who often join us while they are working toward their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and then stay on because they enjoy it so much. I cannot praise them enough, they are such fantastic role models for all our young people and for others in the local community”

\r\n\r\nThe ceremony was held at The Beacon Youth Centre in Hassocks and was attended by Mr Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, the High Sheriff of West Sussex and Mrs Mandy Thomas-Atkin, Chairman of Mid Sussex County Council who also presented Kangaroos with a cheque for funds raised during her first year in post. Also present were several local councillors, young members with their families, volunteers, staff members and other guests.\r\n

8th Sep 2012: LEJOG

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Mick Slatter who is the uncle of one of our members, George Grimmett,together with his friend Steve Morgan have completed their mammoth Cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groates. Their adventure took over two weeks to complete and they covered more than 1,000 miles raising a fantastic £5,416 pounds for Kangaroos.Thank you Mick and Steve

7th Jun 2012: Queens Award for Voluntary Service

We are extremely proud and honoured to announce that Kangaroos has been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award that can be given to voluntary organisations and is often called the MBE for volunteer groups. Congratulations to everyone and particularly to all our fantastic volunteers who we could not do without! for more info http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_188059

10th Apr 2012: Fishing Day – Tuesday 3rd April

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Our fishing day, instigated by Dave Button from Haywards Heath Fire Station dawned with clear sunny skies. A mixed team from the Haywards Heath station and some Police Community Support workers joined us at Andy’s lake at Handcross, and we would like to thank Andy, and Ian for all their hard work in preparing the rods for our young people to use, erecting our Gazebo, putting up football posts and nets, making available tables and chairs, and supplying us with a much needed barbeque and urn.

\r\n\r\nBecki, Fran and I took eight young people along for the day Adam, Aaron, Jamie, Matthew, Eleanor, Katie Anscombe, Rebecca Cheeseman and Michael Menezies. The fishermen teamed up with our youngsters and were very patient and encouraging with their efforts and a there was a great rapport created amongst the participants and our group.

\r\n\r\nThe young people had a great day and enjoyed games of football and cricket with each other and Dave and his team joined in and some new friendships were definitely formed. The highlight of the day was a visit from a Fire Engine and we all got to have a really good look round the vehicle, sit in it and the crew were very willing to explain the equipment and all the tools they carry, it was very interesting and the young people even got the opportunity to put on the helmets and clothing.

\r\n\r\nThanks go to David & Gary for managing the BBQ which was a great success, and to all the days’ participants:\r\nDavid, Gary, Jason, Neil & John and not forgetting the ladies Rachel, Wendy, Jayne & Sarah

\r\n \r\nWe hope we will welcome them back to see us sometime soon.\r\n

29th Feb 2012: Bollywood Ball

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What a Bolly good evening! \\r\\nOur 18th Anniversary Bollywood Ball was held at The Hickstead Hotel, on Saturday 25th February. The event was attended by members, supporters, sponsors and friends, all of whom probably arrived wondering quite what the night had in store!

\\r\\nOn arrival guests were served with complimentary Bucks Fizz whilst a pair of Dhol drummers played in the hotel foyer. At the appointed time, the drumming pair led the diners through the hotel to a colourfully festooned private function room, in which the tables were laid up with linen and glassware fit for any Ball.

\\r\\nThe food consisted of two courses, with all the elements made on the premises by the kitchen staff. Hors d’oeuvres consisted of a range of variously flavoured bhajis and pakora, together with a delicious chana masala. The main course comprised three curries (vegetable korma, breast of chicken tikka masala and lamb madras), with rice, breads, okra and popadoms.

\\r\\nThroughout the evening the entertainment certainly kept the party atmosphere going, with two Bollywood DJs playing a mixture of music to please everyone, a troupe of three dancers performing during the meal and holding an impromptu ‘workshop’ for the more adventurous later in the evening, and the drummers who put an Indian spin on Lady Gaga’s Poker Face to rapturous applause.

\\r\\nThe raffle was very well supported by both prize donors and ticket sales on the night and in advance of the event, raising much needed funds for the cause.

\\r\\nBy midnight the evening was winding down, and the guests started leaving into the chilly night air. Whilst some undoubtedly came to the evening with certain trepidation, many more left the event with a simple question. “Great fun. When is the next one?”\\r\\n

25th Feb 2012: Bollywood Ball

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To celebrate our 18th birthday next year we are planning a fundraising Bollywood Ball on 25th February at the Hickstead Hotel.

Fantastic indian buffet, bollywood dancers and live music as well as a raffle and auction. To get you in the mood, bollywood/indian dress suggested but not a neccesity.

For more details please see our poster, tickets are limited, so don't delay contact us today!

16th Feb 2012: Local Fundraising

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We have been extremely lucky recently to receive a substantial amount of financial support from our local community thanks to fundraising schemes from two local organisations.

The Southern Cooperative in Haywards Heath chose us as one of the beneficiaries of their Community Support Card and through this scheme we received a donation for each transaction made using the card over a twelve month period. This resulted in a substantial amount raised of £4,100 for Kangaroos for which we would like to thank all the shoppers at the Coop.

The Yorkshire Building Society also chose us as a recipient of their token scheme which they ran for a month before Christmas when customers were asked to choose which of the beneficiaries they would like the fund from the Yorkshire BS to be allocated to. This raised another £300 which over quite a limited period of time is pretty impressive and again we would like to thank all the Yorkshire Building Society customers for their support

. The monies received from both these organisations will be spent on specialist equipment to enable our children and young people with more complex needs to benefit fully from the activities and events offered by our clubs over the coming years.

4th Jan 2012: Thieves Steal Wheels Off the Bus!

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Over the bank holiday weekend some thieves stole the four back wheels from our 4 months old Taverners Minibus!

They knew exactly what they wanted as it requires a specialist jack to lift the large minibus, due to the wheelchair hoist at the back.

The picture shows the minibus being towed away on Wed 4th Jan. Unlike the song that our younger children sing, the wheels on the bus no longer "go round and round"!

It is a real shock that someone would steal from a Charity for disabled children and young people. It will cost us over £1,700 in excesses and new insurance premiums, which will impact the services we provide this year!

Press Reports: It was reported in The Argus, The Middy and on Bright FM.

28th Dec 2011: Xmas Fundraising

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Our Xmas fundraising efforts raised a stunning £565.35.

That includes 2 sessions of carol singing and the Xmas Fayre at Scaynes Hill.

A big thank you to everyone who supported us at these events. It really was a fabulous effort all round.

28th Nov 2011: Chairman of MSDC

Kangaroos have been adopted by the current Chairman of Mid-Sussex District Council - Mandy Thomas-Atkin as her nominated charity for the current year. Mandy & Jenni have attended two events so far which have contributed to our fundraising. On 9th November they attended the Open 4 Business event at Ardingly Show Ground where the raffle was held for our benefit. This raised a very pleasing £224 and gave us a great opportunity to introduce our charity to the wider local business community. On Sunday 27th November we were invited to attend the Advent Choral Event staged by Mandy Thomas-Atkin at St John the Baptist church in Burgess Hill. The event was well attended and Kangaroos are to benefit from a share of the collection that took place on the evening. We would like to thank Mandy for choosing to support us during her tenure as Chairman, and look forward to welcoming her to the group in the near future.

5th Nov 2011: KLIC 19+ Friendship Meet

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KLIC held its first ever 'Friendship Meet' on Saturday 5th November, hosted by Katie Anscombe at The Bay Tree Cafe in Haywards Heath.

The purpose is to bring together friends who live locally to talk about the things they have been up to and things they may like to do together in their spare time away from college or work commitments.

For full details, see the Friendship Meet 5th Nov report.

We will be holding our second 'Friendship Meet ' on Saturday 26th November in Burgess Hill with Kayleigh Tweedle being the host.

If you are interested in joining this group, or simply want to find out more, please contact Becki or Mandy via email (becki@kangaroos.org.uk or mandy@kangaroos.org.uk) or by calling 01444 255120.

5th Nov 2011: Bonfire Night

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Oh what a night! Andy Houlders and family hosted their second Bonfire Family Event for Kangaroos on Saturday 5th Nov. Last years was good but this years was even better!

The weather was perfect and Andy, with considerable help from his close pal Ian, set up not one but 2 bonfires, one on the main grounds and one on the lake. The fires were worthy of any public event and the fireworks show Andy sponsored, once again this year, was stunning and executed so professionally by Andys sons David and Jonathan.

It was good to see so many faces attend, some we haven't seen for some time like Paul Dolan and Peter & Nikki Caitlin. It was also great to see Peter Houlders, one of our former volunteers, who now works as a social worker in Brighton. He was helping set up the event and with serving the hot soup. No Limits members attended as did a number if our families.

A big thanks have to go to Kim's Kitchen who cooked the food, Bookers who supported the event with sweets and drinks, but mainly to the Houlders family for making it such an enjoyable occasion for all who came. Can't wait for next year!!

29th Oct 2011: Izzys then Disco

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Mandy & Becki took Katie, Katie, Siobhan, Laura & Eleanor who were all going to the No Limits Halloween Disco later, down to Izzys to get their faces painted in readiness for the party and to support the afternoon fundraiser they were doing on our behalf. I think you will agree that we all looked pretty scary and the team at Izzys made us feel very welcome. It was great fun and got us in the mood for the party later. The Middy took some pictures so watch out for a feature in the paper soon.

29th Oct 2011: Izzys Party Shop Fundraiser

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Izzys Party Shop is holding a fundraiser in aid of Kangaroos on Saturday 29th October, 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

For a small donation, come and be transformed by a professional make up artist.

Perfect timing for those Halloween parties!

21st Oct 2011: Station Partnership

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Kangaroos has signed a partnership arrangement with Southern Rail which follows on from the watering of the hanging baskets throughout the summer, where Becki and Mandy have been supporting 8 young adults to learn work related skills. They have become a familiar sight over the last five months maintaining and watering the baskets on Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath Stations.

The new arrangement will mean we will maintain and water troughs at both stations throughout the year and the Station Manager Eddie, third from the left in this picture, is arranging for us to have a piece of land adjacent to Burgess Hill station for our projects use. The project has helped raise our organisations profile within the local community and has helped 2 of our young people into other work related positions. It is hoped that this project will continue to support young adults to learn and trial skills that can be applied to other work related positions in the future.

We will continue to work closely with The Aldingbourne Trust (through Work Aid) and Southern Rail. Work with this project will link in with the Dig In project next year, and we will be taking possession of a water butt, donated by Southern Water next Saturday so more pictures to come.

2nd Oct 2011: Argus Achievement Awards

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Jenni, Mandy, Amy & Dawn attended The Argus Achievement Awards 2011 in Brighton on 2nd October. Kangaroos were shortlisted in the Charity of The Year category. This was the first year we have received a short listing and we were very pleased to be represented at the event. These opportunities introduce our organisation to a wider public which as a smaller regional charity is important.

The Friends Centre in Brighton were worthy winners of the category and we wish them every success in the future. A full list of winners and a report of the event will feature in Mondays edition of the Argus.

30th Sep 2011: Taverners Bus

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We are delighted to have received our brand new sixteen seater bus from the Lord Taverners on monday 26th September. We started with a presentation at Court Meadow and then came back to the Priory for tea and cake. Thank you to everyone who helped with the fundraising and we are now looking forward to enjoying lots of trips out in our new green bus.

22nd Sep 2011: Community Chest

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Jenni and Mandy attended a reception at The Olive Tree Horsham on Thursday 22nd September given by Hall and Woodhouse for their annual Community Chest distribution. We were fortunate to receive a cheque for £445 towards the purchase of an iPad for our children with increased communication needs.

16th Sep 2011: Haywards Heath Town Day

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For the second year in a row Kangaroos had a stall at this event which took place on Saturday 10th September and once again with the promise of at best a showery day. This event presents us with a good opportunity of showing us as being part of the Haywards Heath Business & Charity Community and serves to firmly cement the organisations role within the community, and there is no doubt that we are getting there with that profiling. I am meeting more people who are increasing familiar with us as an established part of the district and our adoption as charity of the year from the Co-op & Sainsburys over the last year has undoubtedly helped. \r\n\r\nThis year we concentrated our efforts on running a Booze & chocolate tombola; childrens tombola; our ever popular children’s lucky dip and our Beauty lucky dip. The event was well attended, and the weather behaved itself until @2pm, but then cleared up to give us a dry end to our day, before deciding to start again when we were packing up! Although, I am sure attendance was affected by the dubious weather we made £266 from the event, which together with the amounts raised through the sale of the Raymond Blanc voucher & the Summer Party tombola takings will pay for this year’s Summer Party celebrations.\r\n\r\nA Pals group came up to Victoria Park to enjoy all the activities and it was great to see them, they certainly boosted people traffic to the stall.\r\n\r\nA big thank you to Dom who helped us set up and to Julia, Jim & Sue Street who were around all day. We couldn’t have done it without you.\r\n

12th Sep 2011: End of Summer Party

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Saturday 3rd September saw us celebrate our 4th Annual Summer Party and once again we were lucky with the weather. The end of summer party is a great opportunity for us all to celebrate the last year and the end of the summer holiday clubs. His year we have delivered around 282 hours of summer club activities over a 6 week period, so something to celebrate. It was great to welcome over 100 of our members and their families, along with staff and volunteers who joined us to share the day. This year we went for a BBQ, which was organized by our Trustee Mel Simmonds and her friends and family, sourcing all the food from nearby Oathall Farm. They did a fantastic job, the food was great and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Other big thanks on the day go to Jenni, who organized the kitchen so expertly; Neal who supplied and blew up all the balloons, our helpers in the morning who helped us set up, and all those who rallied round during the event to assist with serving and finally clearing up. The children and young people seemed to enjoy the disco, which was supplied by DJ Craig very much at the last minute, having to stand in for Clare who had another engagement. He did a great job, and I am sure we will welcome him back again. Thanks to everyone who came. Next year Kangaroos celebrates its 18th Birthday, so watch out for some very specially planned events.

22nd Jul 2011: Kangaroos Fishing Day

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After a bout of very unseasonable weather, we were lucky that the planned Apollo/Affinity Sutton fishing day dawned with clear sunny skies. A mixed team from the above companies joined us at Andy's lake at Handcross, and we would like to thank Andy for all his hard work in creating a number of 'Swims' for the fisherman, preparing the rods for our young people to use, erecting our Gazebo, making available tables and chairs, and supplying us with a much needed urn. Unfortunately, Andy could not be there on the day as he was celebrating his son, David's, graduation ceremony in Brighton.

Becki, Lorna and Mandy took seven young people along for the day Adam, Andy, Eleanor, Katie Anscombe, Katie Daniels, Laura and Peter Riddick. The fishermen teamed up with our youngsters and were very patient and encouraging with their efforts and a there was a great rapport created amongst the participants and our group. Prizes were awarded at the end of the day with Eleanor and David winning the trophy for the most fish caught; Adam and Keith for the biggest fish on the day, and best fisherman went to David Philips – primarily for his expertise in recovering one of his rods which ended up in the middle of the lake! - which resulted in him bravely swimming out to recover it – clearly the highlight of the day.

Further thanks go to Ben and Jonathan for managing the BBQ which was a great success; Julie and Maria for their efforts with helping with the food; Jenny - a student volunteer from Horsham – who was fantastic and who Eleanor particularly got on well with; all the fisherman who were great sports – it was nice to see some familiar faces who helped with our Dig In Community Day in April and some new faces so a big thank you from Kangaroos to Lee; Keith; Graham; David Phillips; Craig; David Chisnall and Nicholas Cox.

Huge thanks to Lee Anderson – Senior Contract Manager and Neal Allison, Apollo's Community Investment Manager, for organising the event and for all the food and drinks. The day raised £177, which we will use to buy some specialist communication software for an Ipad2 which we have just received funding for, to assist our autistic children.

19th Apr 2011: Open Day

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We held our first ever Open Day at The Ashenground on Tues 19th April and you could have been mistaken that we were in August and not April. The sun shone and we welcomed 25 children and young people from across our different projects to enjoy a variety of activities from glass painting and pot decorating to t-shirt and bag printing thanks to our friends at Apollo and Affinity Sutton. After all their efforts last week at our Dig In project the Open Day offered a less strenuous but no less active day for the combined team, as the activity was extremely popular with all ages. They enjoyed a variety of different stencils and there was some interesting use of colour and design. With the addition of some canvas bags to decorate everyone had the opportunity to creative.

We enjoyed a cafe organised by our chair Julia Horton and ably assisted by Christine Nazarri and some of our older members helped serve lunch to our guests and young people.

We held an Easter egg hunt before we settled down to a fashion show in front of visitors, parents, and staff to show off the t-shirts that had been made throughout the day. There was catwalk music, some shy and some not so shy catwalk participants but a fun time and the judges had a hard time picking six winners. However, thanks to Apollo, everyone was a winner with medals and souvenirs to take home of a memorable day. Heart fm provided Easter eggs from their appeal to all our children so everyone went home armed with a wealth of goodies from a truly memorable day.

We were all tired and hot, but thrilled that all the kids had such a great time and the Kangaroos team want to thank everyone who made that possible: Apollo Property Services, Affinity Sutton, Heart FM and our wonderful and dedicated staff and volunteers. Thanks for a great day.

10th Apr 2011: Team Skippy in the Brighton Marathon

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Kangaroos are proud to introduce you to Team Skippy, our runners who completed the 2011 Brighton Marathon on Sunday 10th April.

A huge thank you to Izzy, Oliver, Rin and Simon for running for Kangaroos. We'd like to thank them for their tremendous efforts both on the day and in the weeks and months beforehand when they were training and raising funds on our behalf. They have raised nearly £3,000 so far, which will greatly support the work we do and make a real difference to our young people.

Thank you to all their sponsors so far, and a reminder to anyone else that it's not too late to donate and help them reach or surpass their targets. Go to our Marathon page to read their profiles and jump to their JustGiving pages.

26th Nov 2010: Bright FM Award

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Kangaroos have won the Community Achievenent Award 2010! On the evening of Thursday 25th Nov, Julia, Mandy, Amy, Dawn and Jenni went to the East Sussex National Golf Club to attend the Bright FM Awards ceremony. We are extremely proud to have received the award. This really is an important milestone for us, giving us recognition for all the tremendous work that our organisation does for our young members and their families.

We are also pleased that one of our parents, Philip Avery, won Dad of the Year. Read about his award here.

21st Oct 2010: Southern Co-operative Haywards Heath

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Great News! We have been adopted by the Co-op in Haywards Heath as one of their charities this year and with the help of the local community they aim to raise £7,500 on our behalf! Please help by picking up a Community Support card from us or in the store and we will receive 1.5p for every transaction made. The more transactions that are done and swiped with a support card, the better our chance of reaching the target. The money raised will go towards the purchase of a brand new minibus to take our children and young adults on a variety of trips throughout the year. Thank you for your support.