Blog

Here you’ll find blog and news posts from our Senior Leadership Team, Trustees, parents and staff to share interesting thoughts and ideas, and keep you in the loop with other exciting things happening at Challengers.

Challengers celebrates commitment to paying Real Living Wage

Author:: Izzy Calderwood

We are so excited to share that we are now officially accredited as a Living Wage Employer, paying the Real Living Wage! As an accredited employer, all members of staff working at Challengers now receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90 (£11.05 in London), regardless of their age.

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Remembering Sandy Tyrrell

Author:: Izzy Calderwood

We are very sad to announce that Sandy Tyrrell – a wonderful former playworker, Trustee, and Patron of Challengers – has passed away. Sandy was one of Challengers’ first ever playworkers back when the charity first started and has been a truly amazing supporter over the years.  

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Challengers appoints Gennie Dearman as new Chief Executive

Author:: Jennifer Corless

We are delighted to announce that Gennie Dearman has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Challengers. Gennie’s appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process to find the best fit for the charity from a number of very high-quality applicants.

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Farewell to the Guildford Playground

Author:: Jennifer Corless

Anyone who has been to Challengers Playcentre in Guildford will be familiar with the large, colourful playground structure which takes up much of the outdoor space. So many children have enjoyed the playground over the years, but sadly now is the time for us to say goodbye to it. 

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My London Marathon

Author:: Carla Gill

Carla, our Head of Fundraising and Comms, shares her experience of running the London Marathon in 2021.

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