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Our amazing Parent Ambassadors are integral to our family of supporters and to helping our organisation grow.

Working closely with the Challengers Communications and Fundraising Teams, they represent us at all levels of our work.

Our Parent Ambassadors support Challengers in many ways, from speaking about their experiences with Challengers at events to organising local fundraising groups and initiatives. We hold monthly (term time) meetings at our Playcentres in Guildford and Farnham to hear about the work our Ambassadors are doing.  All our Ambassadors receive training sessions and inductions.

To find out more about becoming a Challengers Parent Ambassador or to request one to speak at an event you are running please contact the fundraising team or call us on 01483 230 060

  • Ann Baty
    Ann Baty: Parent Ambassador

    Our daughter, Lizzie, has been going to Challengers since she was 8. She is profoundly disabled and has no words to communicate. What she does have, though, is a great sense of fun, which she shares with the play-workers during her days at Farnham Play. She is only too ready to use her wonderfully expressive eyes to let everyone know and I am only too ready to tell everyone how much Challengers supports her as well as supporting families like ours.

    This is why I support Challengers as a Parent Trustee and also as an Ambassador; to speak from the heart about what Challengers means to us.

  • Gail Bedding
    Gail Bedding: Parent Ambassador

    Not only am I an Ambassador for Challengers I am also a Parent Trustee, I am passionate about what the charity offers and I want other families to have what we have, there will never be enough that I can do to help. I am Co-Chair of the Hampshire Parent Carer Network(HPCN); previously worked for Cool2Care and Parent Voice so I feel I have some experience in knowing what a break from caring can do for parents/carers.

    As an Ambassador I can spread the ‘Challengers orange’ and help people to understand what Challengers means to disabled children and their families – it’s easy to talk from the heart.

  • Sarah Benton
    Sarah Benton: Parent Ambassador

    Our whole family is passionate about Challengers! Being an Ambassador gives me the chance to support the team who raise the much needed funds to make everything happen. My sons Tom and Bobby loved the Farnham Preschool and my little one Frank is starting in September 2016.

    It is hard to put into words what it feels like to see the development in my sons since they started at preschool, but I know I have Challengers to thank for that and I want to help in any way I can!

  • Sophie Berry
    Sophie Berry: Parent Ambassador

    My son Thomas has complex needs, autism, epilepsy, severe learning difficulties and allergies and needs support with every aspect of his life. I am a ‘stay at home mum’ with 2 other children. Challengers has been a lifeline for us in terms of respite, but also as an amazing fun environment for Tom to go and have fun with his peers.

    I really wanted to get involved to give something back, and in doing so have found it a wonderful support and healing process. You cannot help but absorb the energy and enthusiasm of the other staff members and ambassadors.

  • Fiona Blackley
    Fiona Blackley: Parent Ambassador

    Parent of 17 year old twins and a physically and mentally disabled 12 yearr old. Ex-Foreign Office, now full time mother, School governor for 4 years. Having lived in London and then overseas, we are now settled in a new build designed for our daughter’s needs. We have tried many different therapies and, with some surprise, realised that Challengers offer our WHOLE family some of the best ‘therapy’ we could ask for.

    Would hate to lose it now that we have found it!

  • Sam Bossi
    Sam Bossi: Parent Ambassador

    Our son Henry has a range of needs including epilepsy and severe learning difficulties and has attended Challengers for the last 7 years. Henry and the family have benefited tremendously from Challengers. It provides us with a lifeline, with respite and the ability to do things with our other son. Most importantly, Henry is able to play safely and confidently as well as develop his independence and have a huge amount of fun.

    I am honoured to be a Parent Ambassador and to be able to give back to the wonderful orangeness that is Challengers.

  • Kerry Caligari
    Kerry Caligari: Parent Ambassador

    I have an 11 year old son with Asperger’s Syndrome, Vesico-ureteric Reflux Disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and severe anxiety issues. Our life is bound by routine as his severe anxiety means that he cannot cope with any form of change.

    Challengers is the key.

    My son has attended Challengers since he was 5 and for him it is a safe environment where he is celebrated for being the amazing individual that he is. My son is very loyal to Challengers and he did a cycle ride for them 2 years ago. He wants everyone to know how awesome they are, and apparently that’s where I come in.

  • Sarah Garrett
    Sarah Garrett: Parent Ambassador

    My daughter Hannah has learning difficulties and epilepsy. I also have two other children and two crazy dogs!

    Challengers has become a big part of my life and has offered valuable support to my family and especially to my daughter who has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences through the Farnham Playscheme initially, and now the Farnham Youthscheme.

    I see Challengers having a really important part to play in supporting families like mine which has inspired me to want to get involved.

  • Chris Noble
    Chris Noble: Parent Ambassador

    I have been involved with Challengers since my son was four and he is now a young adult, Challengers has been an important part of our lives for a very long time! During that time Challengers has grown and grown, but what really makes Challengers special is the people – their energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Challengers is unique – a fun place and a special place, at the same time providing vital support to families, who can allow themselves to be “off duty” for a few precious hours. I am honoured to be an Ambassador and part of the Challengers family!

  • Faye Wade
    Faye Wade: Parent Ambassador

    I have an 18yr old son with autism, epilepsy & severe learning difficulties. He has in the past used Guildford Challengers, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He always came home smiling & I always felt confident leaving him there as the staff were trained, helpful and welcoming, and I knew he was safe there having fun. Now he’s older, I have a bit more time to myself, which is why I wanted to help & support Challengers as they did for me. I currently work in the health sector supporting others with special needs.