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As you all know, this September we started a six-week-long crowdfunding campaign to help raise £10,000 to help Spectrum to continue running sessions after Christmas!

Sport England helped in our journey too by donating £10,000, which meant we had to raise £20,000 in total.

We ended up raising a whopping £24,997.86 after running amazing events for the campaign throughout October, including a market stall, a Quiz Night, an 80s/90s Disco and a Halloween Party. Many local businesses and organisations such as Leighton Buzzard Golf Club and Amore Pizza donated vouchers to us and community champions from Dunstable’s Asda and Luton’s Tesco provided us with food and drink for the events.

But that’s not all. Some of our volunteers and performers chipped in by creating their own fundraisers. They made a massive difference and are ultimately responsible for Spectrum still thriving!

So a massive thank you to...

  • Hannah Thomson for performing the piano at Laburnum Court, raising £121.70

  • The Dias family for raising £90 cycling around two lakes in Milton Keynes on the Big Green Bike on the 24th of October

  • Holly and Abby for spending the 23rd of October hiking to Jacob’s Ladder - the Edale Rocks nine-mile loop in the Peak District, raising £279

  • Morgan - one of our performers - for swimming 25 lengths every Saturday throughout October and raising £302

  • Max and Alex for doing a 30-mile sponsored bike ride and raising £805

  • Lisa organised a bake sale at work (Waterdene Foodservice Ltd) on the 20th of October

  • Leedon Lower School for raising £136 by naming the teddy

  • Lisa Saunders for raising £565 at Waterdene Cakes

  • Lee O’Callaghan for running 10 miles and raising £3,000

  • Rory and his mother for raising £700 on their walk

  • Josh Gale and Jenny for raising £886 and £412 respectively for their 10,000 ft skydive on the 16th of November

Thank you to everyone in the Spectrum family for donating and helping to make these events happen. We are now able to run sessions and events in the New Year. We could not have done it without you!

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  • Writer's pictureLottie Maguire

Spectrum will be doing its first theatre trip in 2023!

On the 5th of January, we’ll be watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Milton Keynes Theatre.

The viewing will be a relaxed one, ideal for those with sensory issues and learning disabilities who want to experience the magic of musical theatre in a comfortable environment.

It’ll star household names such as TV judge Rob Rinder as The Man in the Mirror, Lesley Joseph as the Wicked Queen, Charlotte Haines as the titular princess and even comedians Paul Chuckle and Aaron James in cameo roles.

The word hyped is a massive understatement - we are so excited to see all the characters from the beloved fairy tale come to life on the stage, and to share this experience with our amazing participants that may not normally be able to go to the theatre!

Time: 1 pm

Location: Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3NZ

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  • Writer's pictureLottie Maguire

This newsletter’s Volunteer of the Month is Jenny.!

We wanted to shine our special spotlight on Jenny as she has gone absolutely above and beyond! Her work is a big part of why Spectrum can continue in 2023!

Jenny is a member of the events and fundraising team and has been a superstar these past few months, helping us with our £20,000 crowdfunding campaign.

She helped make the Quiz Night, 80s/90s Disco and Halloween Party happen, and she even took to the skies with Josh - our Volunteering Coordinator - in their fundraising skydive.

I have had the pleasure to ask her some questions. Here’s what we discussed.

What’s your favourite thing about volunteering at Spectrum?

I love how friendly everyone at Spectrum is! It is a lovely team to be part of and the participants never fail to make me smile when I'm in class.

What have been your favourite events you’ve helped organise so far?

I really enjoyed helping Elisha organise the Quiz, and I hope everyone enjoyed taking part in it!

What do you enjoy about your role?

I enjoy volunteering because it is incredible to see what a difference we make to the participants and sessions are always so much fun! Being part of the fundraising team also means that I can continue to be involved with Spectrum even when I can't be at classes.

Describe Spectrum in two words!

Wonderfully chaotic and Wholesome

If you would like to volunteer get in touch today!

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