Enjoyable Time at Lily’s Place Open Day

A number of local businesses attended a summer open day this month at Lily’s Place, the children’s respite home part of local Dorset charity, Diverse Abilities.

Guests joined the charity in the garden of Lily’s Place for an afternoon of networking, drinks and canapés.

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Ladies Lunch raises over £3,900 for local Charity

Ladies in Dorset enjoyed an afternoon at Harbour Heights raising £3,905 for Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity.

On arrival, the ladies enjoyed a glass of prosecco in the sunshine on the terrace, before heading indoors for a three-course lunch and hearing from guest speaker Cozmo Jenksone of Europe’s most highly acclaimed milliners.

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John Lewis Partnership Donate £5,000 to Diverse Abilities

Barnabas, the day opportunity hub for adults with disabilities run by Dorset charity Diverse Abilities, is delighted to have received a cheque for £5,000 from the John Lewis Partnership.

The funds will purchase a VeloPlus wheelchair bike, which is designed for transporting people in their own wheelchair by cycle.

Barnabas will be using the piece of equipment to take people with disabilities, which the charity supports, out and about in the local community. It is ideal for trips to Holton Lee, where the adults visit horses, or when they go shopping or a walk during the day.

Chelsey Mills, manager at Barnabas, said: “We are extremely grateful to John Lewis Partnership for this donation. The wheelchair will give the people we support more independence, as they will not have to be transported everywhere by car. It will give more options for the people that attend Barnabas too, as they will be able to choose to go for a bike ride to the park or the beach, or another place they wish to visit. It is also great exercise for our staff!”

To find out more regarding the adult hub run by Diverse Abilities, please visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk/barnabas or call 01202 739560.

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Diverse Abilities - London to Brighton Update

Brothers Run London to Brighton 100km Challenge for Diverse Abilities

Poole brothers Joe and James Godden completed a gruelling test of running 100km (62 miles) as part of the London to Brighton Challenge, raising over £700 for Dorset charity, Diverse Abilities.

The capital to coast 100km course started in Richmond and the route included many paths, trails and roads in the North Downs, South Downs and Sussex countryside until hitting the finish line at Brighton Racecourse.

Joe and James completed the 100km in 13 hours, 15 minutes and both were very happy with their time.

Both guys said: “This was an extremely tough challenge, plus it was a very hot day! We both felt pretty tight for a week after, but it was all worth it as Diverse Abilities is a fantastic local charity that makes a huge difference to many children, adults and families in Dorset.”

To support the brothers further, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Joe-Godden1

If you’d like to take on a challenge, please visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk or call 01202 718266 for more information.

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Tom Comes 12th Place in Dorchester Marathon in aid of Local Charity

Congratulations go to Poole runner Tom Charnock who took part in the Dorchester Marathon completing the race in three hours and nine minutes, coming in at 12th place overall.

A keen runner, Tom decided to enter the very first marathon held in Dorchester, that started right in the centre and went through local villages to the east of the city, in aid of Diverse Abilities - Dorset’s local disability charity. He raised over £320 by running in the 26.2mile race.

Tom said: “I chose to run the Dorchester Marathon in aid of Diverse Abilities because I wanted to support the amazing work they do. I thought that wearing the Diverse Abilities logo at a high-profile event would help raise the awareness of the charity. Diverse Abilities does so much for people with disabilities and their families in the Dorset area, it was the least I could do to help raise funds.”

To find out more about Diverse Abilities, or if you’d like to challenge yourself to raise funds for the charity that supports hundreds of children and adults living with disabilities in Dorset, please visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk/events or call 01202 718 266 and speak to Nicole Warrilow.

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Great Dorset Bake Sale Cooks Up a Storm

Bake sales took place across Dorset this month in aid of Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, raising over £1,600, which will further support children and adults living with physical and learning disabilities, and their families.
People within the community, families we support, local business including local cafes and coffee shops, community groups took part and baked delicious treats to raise some dough!

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Runners Light Up The Night

Runners Light Up the Night for Diverse Abilities

Poole Park was glowing on Saturday as hundreds of runners took part in the first Dorset Neon Run, in aid of Diverse Abilities, raising over £25,000 for the charity that supports children and adults living with disabilities in Dorset.

Over 350 people glowed and lit up the park as they ran the 5k course donning their neon paint, tutus, glow sticks and bracelets.

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Purbeck Ice Cream Supports Diverse Abilities

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is over the moon to have been chosen as charity of the year by Purbeck Ice Cream.

As part of the partnership Diverse Abilities will be receiving tubs of ice cream across its services for children and adults with disabilities, their siblings and families to enjoy all year through. Staff at the charity will also be able to enjoy the ice cream in exchange for a donation.

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Taking on a Dream Challenge for Diverse Abilities

Joe Godden, 33, and his friend Darren Vye, also 33, have climbed the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland in aid of Diverse Abilities by taking on the Three Peaks Challenge.

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Diverse Abilities - Jenny Climbs Killamanjaro

One Foot in Front of the Other!


Diverse Abilities Communications Manager, Jenny Pearce, has returned to her home comforts after climbing new heights and taking on the world’s second tallest mountain Kilimanjaro, raising over £6,200 for the charity that supports children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

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Tree-cycle Scheme is a Huge Success for Diverse Abilities

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, recently raised £3,469 by collecting Christmas trees for recycling.

Over the course of a weekend in January, 447 Christmas trees were collected from local residents in Dorset after they pre-booked their collections making a minimum of £5 donation per tree.

Volunteers gave their time and lent their vans to collect trees from Poole, Bournemouth and other areas of Dorset.

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Local Man Dedicates Half Marathon Record To Late Champion

Local man Lee Thomas, 32 from Poole, has set a world record by running a half marathon in Antarctica in the fastest time.

Lee, who is working in Antarctic for ten weeks with TXI and KSAT, ran the Polar Night Run held in Tromso this January, which saw 1,800 people running on blue ice. To be able to run on the ice, Lee and the other runners had to screw their trainers into a studded base. For Lee, this was the first time he had ever competed in a half marathon, let alone ran on ice!

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