Following the recent confirmation of the second Waverley Para Games at Charterhouse Club, Godalming on 26th March, Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey is delighted to announce that the DFN Charitable Foundation will be joining COINS Foundation as a co-sponsor for the games.
The DFN Charitable Foundation was set up in 2014 by David Forbes-Nixon to focus primarily on Education and, in particular, children with disabilities. It has bought Undershaw in Hindhead to create a new site for Stepping Stones School where it intends to create a world class special needs school to serve children up to the age of 18. It also intends to work with the Coins Foundation (which originally set up Stepping Stones School) to build a 19-25 provision to teach students the skills to get jobs in the local community.
In continuing partnership with Active Surrey, the second year of the Waverley Para Games programme follows the event last April, hosted by Charterhouse Club, which saw over 100 young SEND students from all over Surrey take part & with Paralympians Rachel Morris, Claire Harvey and Kylie Grimes were in attendance, cheering the participants on.
Wendy Newton, Youth Sports Development Manager, Active Surrey said "We are delighted to hear about DFN Charitable Foundation’s partnership with COINS Foundation in supporting the Waverley Para Games project. The Games are now fully embedded into the Surrey School Games programme, delivered by Active Surrey and inclusive events like this enable us to reach more young people who would not otherwise have as many opportunities for competitive participation, especially those with special education needs and disabilities in mainstream schools."
David Forbes-Nixon said “The DFN Charitable Foundation is delighted to be partnering with the Coins Foundation to support the Waverley Para Games and give local children the chance to participate in sport and be inspired by some amazing Paralympians. Giving SEND youngsters access to a wide range of sports opens up their minds to what is truly possible if they work hard and dream a little. I look forward to seeing them in action on 26th March.”
Jeremy Hunt MP said, ‘with the additional support of the DFN Charitable Foundation the Waverley Para Games is further strengthened, ensuring continuing delivery of a robust programme of sport for SEND youngsters from Surrey. We are keen for the Waverley Para Games to continue to make an impact in Surrey, building on the legacy of 2012 and ensuring that there is a meaningful and lasting benefit for the young people who take part and DFN Charitable Foundation’s involvement will be instrumental in helping us to achieve that aim.'