Scouts gangshow boosts Stepping Stones charityBy Laura Herbert
March 06, 2012
A children's charity is riding along on the crest of a wave thanks to the efforts of Scouts at their annual gangshow.
The South East Berkshire Gangshow has raised more than £800 for Stepping Stones Down’s Syndrome Support Group, run by parents, for parents and carers of children with Down’s Syndrome.
Scouts from across South East Berkshire performed their annual gangshow over six nights at South Hill Park last month and raised more than £800 for the Stepping Stones charity through bucket collections.
Mum Davina Lally, assistant guider at 1st Great Hollands Brownies, nominated Stepping Stones as their charity.
She joined the group six months after her son Matthew, now 18 months, was born with Down’s Syndrome.
She said: “I don’t know where we would be without Stepping Stones.
“We didn’t know what to expect when Matthew was diagnosed.
“We had no idea what professionals we would need to see, or where to turn.
“Then Matthew’s health visitor told me about Stepping Stones and everything changed.
“There were parents who had been where we were.
“I will never be able to adequately express my appreciation for the support given to us by Stepping Stones and the families who we have met over the past year.
“Suggesting Stepping Stones as the Gangshow charity of the year was the least I could do to try and help put some much-needed money back into the charity to help others in the same boat.”
Sharon Smith, co-chairman of Stepping Stones Down’s Syndrome Support Group, said: “We would like to thank South East Berkshire Gangshow and everyone who went to the show and put their hands in their pockets for Stepping Stones.
“With the current membership, it takes £5,000 per month to keep the charity going and we are growing all the time.
“Only through fabulous fundraising efforts like this can we continue to support families like Davina’s.”
The Stepping Stones group covers North Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey, and members include Lily Futcher and her mum Ali, of Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, who received the cheque from the gangshow on behalf of Stepping Stones.
For more information, visit www.steppingstonesds.co.uk