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Challengers Guildford Play Centre Fire – 10th September 2017

Challengers Guildford Playcentre after the fire

Following the fire on the play floor on Sunday the 10th September at our Guildford Centre have been working hard to get our Play & Pre-School services up and running as quickly as possible. We have been overwhelmed by the kind words and offers of support from the community and so far we have received over £20,000 which is just incredible.

We are very proud of the team that managed this and are thankful to the Fire Service for their support.

What is damaged?

The downstairs play floor is damaged and the schemes will not be able to run.

The upstairs office is undamaged and the staff team have now returned to work which is a huge step forward.

What caused the fire?

The fire inspector verbally confirmed that the fire started in the utility room and was caused by the tumble drier – the machine was not in use at the time.

Is the damage insured?

Following the fire at our Guildford Play Centre which has devastated our beautiful play floor, we have now received an estimate of what it cost to repair the damage, this is estimated at around £600,000 for the building work alone. The charity is insured and the claim is in process. At this time we ae are confident that our insurance will cover the major part of the rebuilding programme and other associated costs. As with any insurance claim we will not know the cost to the charity until it has been settled.

While this is a worrying time for Challengers, we are keen to do all we can to get the organisation back on its feet and be delivering our preschool and play services as soon as possible from Guildford. Every donation we receive helps us to get back on our feet as quickly as possible, and will help ensure that Challengers is able to do what we do best, making sure that disabled children and young people have the best possible time across all 23 of our schemes.

Can we help?

To help get Challengers up and running again as quickly as possible the best thing to do is donate – you can do this online.

People have been so generous with their donations and the kind words alongside them are making a huge difference to all involved – thank you from all of the orange team.

If you have any questions about how you can help, please email fundraising@disability-challengers.org.

When will services be up and running?

The team have been working hard to find a temporary venue for the Play and Pre-School schemes to run from. We are pleased to say that from Sunday 24th September we will be running from the building adjacent to Challengers – Urban Saints.

  • We ran successfully from this centre when we were re-building the Guildford Playcentre in 2013.
  • We know that we can make this building safe & secure and a warm and friendly place for the children to play in.
  • The staff team will be the same and they will work hard to make sure all children settle in to the new venue.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01483 230 930 or email katlink@disability-challengers.org.