Join our #BigPlayAppeal - Help us build our new inclusive and accessible playground!
We are embarking on an exciting £250,000 fundraising campaign to build a brand new, inclusive, fully accessible and multi-functional playground for the next generation of disabled children, young people and the wider community.
With a design inspired by the beautiful Surrey Hills, and based at Challengers Playcentre in Stoke Park, Guildford, every detail has been designed with purpose following extensive observation of how children prefer to play and the equipment they use, and thorough consultation with parents.
Why it's so important
88% of Challengers parents say this playground will improve access to physical activity for their family and enable their child to feel safe while playing.
This playground is vitally important to disabled children and their families, as only 6% of our parents feel that there are enough accessible and inclusive playgrounds in Surrey.
At Challengers, we’re passionate about providing fun play and leisure for all disabled children and young people, and we know that our new playground will help to change this statistic and positively benefit families, now and in the future.
A playground for the whole community
When not in use at Challengers, we plan to open our new playground to the general public for local families to enjoy together.
81% of our parents have told us that this new playground will help them feel included and part of the community. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to build a space bringing disabled and non-disabled children together, where they can make friends and learn from each other, without limitations.
Help us make our playground a reality by donating to our Big Play Appeal today. With your help, we can create a playground that benefits the whole community!
What will the playground look like?
The playground will feature specialist equipment to facilitate children with differing needs, including a wheelchair-accessible carousel, multiple seating options for swings, and sensory areas.
It will be a versatile and diverse space with something for everyone, including:
- A Brooklands-inspired circuit for thrill-seekers to run and race around.
- Sloping green hills which children can climb, roll and slide down.
- A tribute to the River Wey which will run through the playground, providing children with a place to splash about.
- A large open sandpit inspired by the golden sand at Frensham Ponds, providing endless fun and games.
It will also provide the opportunity to help develop children’s motor skills - positively impacting on their everyday life.
Take action now
To reach our target of £250,000 and start the playground build, we need the support of our community to donate, fundraise and spread awareness of our Big Play Appeal.
How you can help us to raise the money we need:
- Make a donation and ask 5 friends to donate too
- Set up your own fundraising challenge of your own and join our 24-hour Playathon on 3rd August 2022, contact [email protected] to find out more
- Share our appeal with your friends, family and colleagues
We are so grateful for anything you can do to support our appeal. You can make a huge difference to local children, giving them a place where everyone can have fun and play.
Barriers for disabled children exist, and Challengers is dedicated to breaking them down using the power of play. As a local charity, Challengers provides fully inclusive play, leisure and early educational opportunities for disabled children and young people aged 2-18 across the South East, and we will never turn a child away, no matter how complex their needs.
Through our Pre-schools, Play and Youth short breaks schemes, and our emergency service supporting young disabled people excluded from education, we deliver over 65,000 hours of support at Challengers each year. We harness the power of play to enable young people to feel more confident, make friends, develop social skills and most importantly have fun.
Thank you for your support!