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Supporting people with learning disabilities in Hampshire and Dorset

We need your help!

As Christmas approaches, we ask that you remember the people with learning disabilities that we support at the Stable Family Home Trust.  This year, more than any other, we need your help!

2020 has been an unusual and difficult time, presenting many challenges for us all with the emergence of Covid-19.  This has been felt even more acutely by the 129 adults we support, 55 of whom live in our supported living homes and are totally reliant on our services. 

Our services not only help our clients to enhance their personal development and life skills but they provide a vital lifeline in combatting loneliness.  Our services provide that essential social connection, much needed routine and sense of purpose, vital for the wellbeing and mental health of our clients.  


Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, many of our day services such as Gifted and Aspire have had to temporarily close in order to keep our clients and staff safe.  In fact, our whole charity operation has had to radically change in order to survive, so we can maintain homes for our clients, whilst providing emergency alternative accommodation for those needing to self-isolate, including our staff.  All this, plus the loss of vital fundraising streams from flagship events, has had an enormous financial impact on us as a charity. 

The combination of winter, another national lockdown and more Covid restrictions, this really is an SOS for your support! If you can make this holiday season memorable, happy and cheerful for our clients by donating to our Christmas Appeal this would be greatly appreciated.

Here are some examples of how your donations can help during lockdown and throughout the Covid pandemic;

  • Activities to keep people entertained during lockdown can range from £20 to £500.
  • Increased care staff costs due to having to keep each staff member at one service area only, no mixing. 40 hours per week costs £475 per staff member.
  • Additional staff costs when a member of staff isolates for 2 weeks and is covered by a bank staff member, therefore doubling the salary - £950

We want our charity and services to thrive and rise above these difficult times so we can continue to be there for the wonderful people we support and our staff who have all worked so diligently over this pandemic and continue to go above and beyond – what better way to celebrate this Christmas by giving a gift to the people of the Stable Family Home Trust.

‘Cheer the Deer’ Virtual 5k Fun Run/Walk, Sunday 13th December 10.30am (banner attached)

Kindly sponsored by Martin & Co, Preston Redman Solicitors & Cedar Vets

We are all in need of a bit of Christmas cheer this year, so grab your antlers & join in the fun.

SFHT are organising a 5k virtual Reindeer Run on Sunday 13th December to raise vital funds towards their Covid Christmas Appeal.

You can run, walk, skip or jog your 5K challenge wherever you want, in the park, at the beach or whilst walking your dog, which will be a fun and safe experience for all the family (please adhere to social distancing and government guidelines when taking part).

All you have to do is register online and everybody who enters will receive a set of reindeer antlers with flashing red nose plus a gold reindeer medal once you have completed the event

£8 entry per person

Warm up - 10am Facebook live with The Gym Tin

Starts - 10.30am (can be completed anytime throughout the day)

SFHT provides life changing services for adults with learning disabilities as well as for their families. The coronavirus pandemic has proved to be a huge challenge, in terms of keeping our clients and staff safe and ensuring that we sustain as little financial impact as possible through the temporary closure of our day services and the substantial increase in staff care costs.

In these challenging times, we need your help more than ever and this is an SOS for your support whilst having some festive fun!

‘London to Paris’ Virtual Cycle Challenge – December (banner attached)

Christmas is coming and volunteers Martin Stachini and Tony Owen are back in the saddle raising funds for our Christmas Appeal. Where are they off to this time?

Well, they will be crossing the English channel and completing the 'London to Paris' virtual cycle challenge covering around 300 miles between now and Christmas.

Be sure to follow their daily cycle journey as they share photos and hilarious blogs along the way or even get involved yourselves!

If you can help support their fundraising page and donate even the price of a cup of coffee and croissant this would be greatly appreciated as they cycle London to Paris to raise vital funds towards our Covid Christmas Appeal. Good luck Martin & Tony!

‘12 Days of FITmas’ SFHT Virtual Christmas Party, Saturday 19th December 3pm (banner to follow)

As we cannot hold our annual Christmas Fayre we will be hosting a virtual Christmas party instead for all clients, staff and supporters to join in with and celebrate the festive season in style! This will be opened with a speech from Colin Waters at 3pm, where we will be joined with our friends Rob & Jenny from The Gym Tin, who will put us through a fun FITmas exercise class (including chair based exercises and mat-based exercises), a Christmas quiz round, a raffle, then finished with a good old Christmas sing-a-long with carols from the lovely Sara Harris.

Virtual festive activities start at 3pm and will be filmed live on Facebook and via Zoom from The Stables for everyone to join in with.

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The Stable Family Home Trust - Private company limited by guarantee. Registered in England & Wales No. 4421606. Charity No: 1093672