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Windfall for Halesowen support group
7:50am Thursday 8th August 2013 in Local
Ups and Downs founder Jemma Sagar said she was “shocked and excited” to be chosen by Sainsbury’s to benefit from 12 months of fundraising, with £700 raised already.
“It’s brilliant to receive this help. The group is doing really well and I’m so pleased,” said Mrs Sagar, who started it because she could not find any suitable provision for her son Harry, aged two.
She runs the group with Joanna Dutton, which meets monthly on the second Saturday at St Peter’s Church, Lapal, and boasts a membership of 40 from across the West Midlands, with around 15 regular families.
The group has also received £200 from the community collection at Halesowen’s Asda and through its community colleague Sam Warby, who helps with the sessions, has been given a ball pit, baby rocker, torches for the sensory tent and a tablet for the older children.
Ups and Downs has also won a playhouse in a Facebook competition organised by Lye-based West Midlands Summerhouses (Tranter Garden Buildings).
Cllr Turner said: “I’ve encouraged and supported Ups and Downs wholeheartedly because of the excellent work they are doing for disabled children and show how much a part of the community they really are.”
The group was up against Guide Dogs for the Blind and Sandwell Special Olympics for the Sainsbury’s charity of the year and both were awarded £50 for being shortlisted.
Store manager Denver Martin said: "The votes were unanimous and we felt that the money we could raise would make a huge difference to the group - we are all looking forward to the year ahead with some special events planned."
For more details about Ups and Downs visit www.upanddownswm.org
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