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SNAP's 25th anniversary: Warley's children's charity celebrates with awareness week

PUBLISHED: 14:13 27 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:13 27 June 2019

SNAP (Special Needs and Parents) in Warley is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Photo: SNAP

SNAP (Special Needs and Parents) in Warley is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Photo: SNAP

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To mark a children's charity's silver anniversary, special events have been held over the past few days for its awareness week.

A Business Community Breakfast event was held to mark the 25th anniversary of SNAP. A Business Community Breakfast event was held to mark the 25th anniversary of SNAP.

SNAP (Special Needs And Parents), Pastoral Way, Warley, first opened its doors in 1994 and now runs services and activities that currently support more than 2,700 families.

The charity, which helps families with children and young people who have any special need or disability, has hosted a number of events as part of SNAP's Awareness Week which runs from Saturday, June 22 - 29.

Supporters of the charity have been organising golf days, marathon runs, pamper events, and other fundraising activities to mark the week, which will culminate in a bespoke Fun Mud Run event where participants will be taking on the muddy obstacles at the Nuclear Race Experience site in Kelvedon Hatch.

But aside from the fundraising, SNAP hopes the Awareness Week will help to further raise its profile in the local community and act as a springboard for future support.

A Business Community Breakfast event was held to mark the 25th anniversary of SNAP.A Business Community Breakfast event was held to mark the 25th anniversary of SNAP.

SNAP's Community fundraising manager Robert Dennis said: "We are hoping all the local community will keep SNAP in their thoughts during Awareness Week and be inspired to help support us in the future."

As well as Awareness Week, the charity's 25th Anniversary has already included a number of other events:

- A Specialist Talk for parents and professionals from internationally renowned clinical psychologist Professor Tony Attwood, who flew over from Australia to talk to a packed crowd in two sessions in mid-May.

- A first ever Business Community Breakfast hosted by SNAP and supported by Phoenix FM at The SNAP Centre in Warley.

- An Open Day for supporters to join the celebrations and see the charity's new film highlighting the work of SNAP also held at the centre.

- An Anniversary Afternoon Tea held at De Rougemont Manor.

SNAP is also holding its inaugural Step Out for SNAP campaign this summer, where supporters are being encouraged to get sponsored to walk, run or travel by any active method as far as possible - every step will make a difference!

SNAP director of finance and fundraising Christina Stubbs said: "We have been delighted by the support we've received for new events like the Business Community Breakfast.

"Twenty-five years after we were formed, it's fantastic to be forging new relationships with the local community."

Director of family services Karen Boath said: "As a charity, we're so proud of the difference SNAP has made.

"It has been a privilege to be able to work with all our SNAP families and watch their children learn and grow over the years.

"It's hard to believe how quickly SNAP has grown up too."

If you would like to know more about the charity or get involved with fundraising, visit here

You can also catch up with all the latest news and activities by joining SNAP on Facebook, twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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