At the end of June, Market Harborough based Vanilla Recruitment, had two of their finest, and 3 family members, embarking on the exhausting National Three Peaks Challenge. The aim was to raise as much money as possible to support the work of Bamboozle Theatre Company.
And after a gruelling 22.5 hours, the Harborough based team had walked up, down and driven between, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales. The Vanilla walkers faced getting lost on Scafell Pike in the darkness at 2am, taking the long hard route down Snowdon because of cloud cover, and not sleeping during the entire challenge.
They experienced pulled groins, twisted knees and a whole host of foot pains and blisters. But, having raised over £3,000 so far, has made it all worthwhile. Amongst other fund raising activities, Vanilla have been ‘selling a mile’ to their local clients. Eloise Shelton, Vanilla Recruitment’s Managing Director said, “We’d like to say a massive thank you to all our clients who supported us through this challenge. It’s their help that is going to make a direct impact on the lives of so many disabled and autistic children in our region”.
The challenge was initially set up by charity Bamboozle Theatre Company. They work with families across Leicestershire, who have a child on the autistic spectrum or profound disabilities. They use music, puppetry, multi-sensory activities and much more, including tea, coffee and smiles, to help to stimulate and engage ‘hard to reach’ children.
Christopher Davies, artistic director of Bamboozle, said: “Bamboozle does not receive any regular funding and with grants harder to come by we rely on fund raising efforts like this to enable us to provide activities for families who struggle to find anything suitable for their children. Everyone at Bamboozle, and more importantly the parents and children themselves, are really grateful for this support.”
Leicestershire mother Jo Kerr, has a daughter with profound disabilities, she says: “Living with a child who has special needs can be isolating and we struggle to find meaningful activities to do as a whole family. We’ve been going to Bamboozle as a family for over 3 years now. What they do is amazing, so uplifting.”