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Published: February 10, 2022 | Updated: February 11, 2022

Jump for joy! Respite centre gets trampoline for garden thanks to Hoburne Group Support

Hoburne Director Rosie Kennar (left) and Claire Cooper, Fundraising Officer, Diverse Abilities.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A children’s respite centre has a new trampoline for its garden thanks to the Hoburne Group head office in Christchurch smashing its annual fundraising target.

Knowing 2021 would be another challenging year for fundraising due to the pandemic, Hoburne Group Support set itself a target to raise £3,000 over 12 months for Diverse Abilities.

The final amount – over £10,000 – was more than treble the initial target.

The team raised money through smaller fundraising events, including a virtual quiz, various sporting sweepstakes, and members taking part in Diverse Abilities’ Neon Run.

Hoburne’s largest fundraising initiative was a zip wire where 14 daredevil volunteers, pictured, took on Velocity, at Zip World in North Wales, braving the world’s fastest zip line and raising over £7,000.

The significant sum has been hugely welcomed by Dorset-based Diverse Abilities.

The new trampoline is at its children’s respite centre, Lily’s Place, in Poole.

Funding has also gone towards activity boxes at its Beehive Centre in Parkstone, Poole, as well as  additional staffing and PPE costs.

Rosie Kennar, Director of Hoburne, said: “The pandemic has put a huge amount of strain on the charity sector.

“We knew 2021 was not going to be easy fundraising due to the Covid restrictions.

“We wanted to do something extraordinary that the team could get behind and the zip wire was a phenomenal success.

“Everyone involved felt a huge sense of achievement and pride to accomplish it.

“We’re thrilled to continue supporting the team at Diverse Abilities in their mission to provide extraordinary lives for extraordinary people.

“We hope the new trampoline will bring joy to all that the charity support for many years to come.”

Claire Cooper, Fundraising Officer, Diverse Abilities, said: “We are so thankful to everyone at Hoburne head office for continuing to support our cause.

“They have been a fantastic partner to us over the years and aren’t afraid of challenging themselves when it comes to fundraising.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing what they all come up with next!”