HUGE thanks

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A massive THANK YOU to Adeeqah at Jacobs Douwe Ebgerts GB Ltd (Coffee) for supporting Chatterbox by holding a bake sale in the office this week.  With doughnuts donated and handmade Samosas and Sausage Rolls prepared, a grand total of £223 was raised and donated to Chatterbox!

We are very thankful to Adeeqah for thinking of us!

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Coffee & Cupcake Morning

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Its that time of year again – the Chatterbox annual Coffee & Cupcake morning!

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Friday 6 December 2019

10 – 12

Burnham Park Hall, Windsor Lane, Burnham Village, SL1 7HR

As usual we will have a huge selection of delicious, handmade cakes and treats available to eat on the day or to take home with you (cake boxes provided).  Tea, coffee and soft drinks will also be available.  We will have our ever popular Silent Auction too (we already have some INCREDIBLE prizes and seem to be getting more & more on a daily basis), as well as a FAB raffle with some lovely items for you to win.

We are delighted to have some lovely local businesses supporting us once again this year – a great opportunity to get ahead with the Christmas shopping or to treat yourself!

Maria, Katie, Gwen and Mandy will be selling lovely, well priced gifts to purchase on the day.

The Miles Sparkle

Spirit & Grace Gifts

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Every single penny raised will go to Chatterbox – a local speech & social therapy group for children with Downs Syndrome. So please join us in making this our best one yet – bring friends, family, children, babies – ALL WELCOME!

No entry fee and free on site parking available.

We’re back …. and we’ve missed you

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Its been a little while since we have updated our website and for our regular followers we apologise for this BUT we are back!!

Whilst there has been no activity here, please don’t think we haven’t been beavering away, working hard in the background, because we have.  We have ploughed all of our resources and efforts into fundraising over the last year and have also launched the ‘Social’ part of our provision more fully.

As children with Downs Syndrome get older, the gap between them and ‘typically developing peers’ gets bigger which means that the opportunity to socialise, make friends, have fun and promote independence decreases. With this in mind, we thought we would take the matter into our own hands and create a programme of regular activities for our children.  This will not only provide new stimulation and learning experiences but will also provide a great opportunity to meet up & catch up with friends (for the children and Carers alike!).

So far we have been to :

We have plans for a Pantomime trip in December, Bowling and Karting in the New Year!

 

Pamper Night success

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Friday 30 November 2018 saw our very first Pamper Night and what a huge success it was! We were lucky enough to have the beautifully decorated halls at St Edmund Campion School in Maidenhead at our disposal and put on a wonderful Pamper Night for local people, raising funds for Chatterbox.

As well as our usual FABULOUS raffle and INCREDIBLE silent auction, we also had 11 stalls, selling an incredible selection of products including Aromatherapy Candles, Handmade Artwork, Childrens Communication Aids, Handbags, Scarves, Jewellery, Health Products, Beauty Products.  We also had 2 incredibly talented local Artists – Laura Holloway Laura Holloway Art and Simon Ward Simon Ward Art

Our guests were able to sample DELICIOUS handmade cakes, mince pies, traybakes and were also able to enjoy some pampering with the help of 2 local Beauty Therapists – Dinara from Weleda Danira Farina Beauty Therapist offering complimentary relaxing facials and Rachel from The Beauty Box offering mini manicures.  Both ladies worked tirelessly throughout the evening, ensuring our guests left feeling truly pampered.

A small thank you to everyone who supported us at this event:

http://www.st-edmund.org.uk/

https://www.handmadecake.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/mymoodstars/

https://www.facebook.com/themilessparkle/

https://siennasixteen.com/

https://www.spiritandgracegifts.co.uk/

https://www.uk-aromessence.co.uk/

Jade Walden @Body Shop at Home, Mel Smith @Funky Families, Mandy Ward and Aurora @Forever Living.

TOTAL RAISED: £1,084

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Zie

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We are SO lucky to have lovely people decide they are going to throw themselves out of planes, swim ridiculous lengths, complete endurance events and other amazing challenges to raise awareness and invaluable funds for Chatterbox.

One such AMAZING individual is Zie – a Waiter from Stoke Park.  He completed the Slough 1/2 Marathon last month and raised an impressive £270 for Chatterbox.  We are truly thankful to him for thinking of us and by raising such a great amount!

We fundraise throughout the year to enable Chatterbox to continue so when lovely people like Zie offer to raise money for us, we really are very, very grateful.

If Zie has inspired you – please get in touch!

Thanks Zie

Zie

 

Back to School – 1/2 term

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Half term is now upon us – hurray!!!

Well done to all of our little Chatterboxes – you have made it through the first half of the Autumn term.  As Autumn and Winter approach and the weather changes, many children with Downs Syndrome are more prone to colds, coughs, flu and it can be a pretty miserable time all around.  As children with Downs Syndrome have smaller airways than ‘ typically developing’ children, being blocked up can effect breathing making sleeping much harder.

Getting out in the fresh air, taking regular exercise and increasing those Vitamin D levels help children with Downs Syndrome and everyone else!  So fingers crossed we see some sunshine this 1/2 term.

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Back to School – a new chapter

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Moving on to Secondary School can be a difficult time for a lot of children and children with Downs Syndrome are no different. Leaving the familiar surroundings of your primary school, your friends, teachers and all that you know can be a very daunting experience.

The majority of children with Downs Syndrome attend ‘mainstream’ primary education, however only a very small percentage are then able to transition to mainstream secondary education.

As a child with Downs Syndrome matures and moves into adolescence, life skills, self care and independence become more important that some more traditional subjects which would be taught in a mainstream environment.  This is one of the reasons many families decide that the ‘Special Needs School’ is a better choice as these ‘life lessons’ are taught as part of the curriculum and as the child progresses through school, this becomes more and more relevant.

This photo shows one of our members on his first day at Secondary School! Good Luck!

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