Diverse Abilities - Thank you Awards

Charity Awards Thank Inspirational Local People

Diverse Abilities recently held its annual Thank You Awards at the Italian Villa to acknowledge inspirational people connected to the Dorset charity that supports children and adults with disabilities.

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Barnabas Café Helps Raise Funds for Adults with Disabilities

Barnabas, the day opportunity hub for adults with disabilities run by Diverse Abilities, is opening a community café at the Good Shepherd Church Hall on Stanfield Road in Parkstone from 4th October between 11.30am – 2.30pm.

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Hallmark Hotels Provide Complimentary Cream Teas

Bournemouth’s three Hallmark Hotels have been donating complimentary cream teas to chemotherapy patients at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital

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Charity Workers Cycle Over 900 miles to Raise Funds

Charity Workers Cycle Over 900 miles to Raise Funds


Three charity workers, Nick Bold, Chris Harrison and Tim Foster, from Diverse Abilities have returned to their home comforts after cycling 962 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland raising over £7,365 for the charity that supports children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

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Cash for Kids Grant Will Make a Difference

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is delighted to have received a grant of £2,135 from Wave 105 Cash for Kids for its children’s service - Coping with CHAOS.

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Totally Wiped Out * Update

Teams Battle It Out at Charity’s Fun-raising Challenge


Teams battled it out at Canford School last Sunday as part of the first Diverse Abilities’ Totally Wiped Out challenge event, raising funds for the local disability charity.

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Macmillan Caring Locally needs your votes to receive £25,000

Macmillan Caring Locally is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help them receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons.

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Charity Celebrate its First Lottery Winner

Diverse Abilities, the Dorset disability charity, launched its new lottery last month and after just four weeks there has been a winner.

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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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