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The Stable Family Home Trust provides a full range of services to support adults with learning disabilities in Hampshire and Dorset to lead fulfilled and active lives, focusing on increased independence. The learning disabilities of our clients are many and we provide support to 129 clients, 54 of whom reside in our nine supported living homes which are located in Southbourne and Christchurch and one residential home in Ringwood.


The financial impact of the coronavirus has been significant for us as a charity and we have lost around £345,000 since the start of the pandemic. Since the temporary closure of our Aspire Day Services, additional staffing costs and loss of vital fundraising streams it has been a struggle, and our amazing staff and fundraising team who keep the charity going have been working incredibly hard to replace this income. With the vaccine rollout well underway, the future looks brighter but we still need your help raising funds.


On Saturday 8th May 2021 we are hosting a live stream SILENT AUCTION hosted by Paul Kinvig from 7pm-8.30pm and you can support us by donating prizes to give away or take part in the auction.

The auction will be open from 4th May, so if you happen to have plans on the 8th you can still get your hands on some amazing prizes. If you are not totally zoomed out, why not get your glad rags on and make a night of it on the 8th and do a bit of bidding!

To DONATE a prize towards the auction please contact Tracey Hickford email or ring 07775 767862 and fill in and return our Prize Donation Form

To TAKE PART in the auction check back here on the 1st of May to find the link!

Any help you are able to give will make a huge difference to the wonderful clients with learning disabilities that call the Stable Family Home Trust their home.

Thank you


Dragon Boat Charity Challenge 2021 - DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

Supporting people with learning disabilities in Hampshire and Dorset to lead independent lives.

Enter a team and take on the challenge to become the ultimate DRAGON BOAT CHAMPIONS 2021. Join SFHT for a fun filled day at Poole Park and battle it out on the water against other companies and competitors whilst raising funds to support adults with learning disabilities to lead more independent lives.

Whether you are looking for a team building exercise, a networking opportunity, to push your competitive limits or just have a fun day out with colleagues or friends, this is how you can achieve it, whilst also raising money for a great cause. All you have to do is turn up. Dragon boats for this event hold up to 17 people, 16 paddlers and 1 drummer but a team can be made up of a minimum of 13 people or a maximum of 20 people including 3 reserves. No experience is required for dragon boat racing and all equipment, instructions & safety training will be provided on the day.

For more information please contact Tracey Hickford at

How to create your fundraising page: 

  1. Go to an account or sign in if they already have one
  2. Under organised event select ‘create page’ 


  1. IN the event name type dragon and select the event Stable Family Home Trust Dragon Boat Charity Challenge. Then complete the form to create your fundraising page.




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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40th Anniversary Gala Dinner - NEW DATE TO BE CONFIRMED 2021

Celebrating 40 years 1980-2020, SFHT are hosting a Charity Gala Dinner at the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sandbanks, Poole to raise essential funds for the charity.

The evening hosted by comedian and after dinner speaker Adger Brown, kicks off with a drinks reception at 7pm, followed by a delicious 3 course dinner with wine and captivating table top magic from illusionist ‘Alfie’.

Plus charity auction, raffle and  live entertainment from ultimate party band ‘The Soultastics’ who will be combining some vintage rat pack swing with modern pop on the dancefloor until midnight.

Tickets: £85 per person (£850 table of 10)

Dress Code: Lounge suits and posh frocks

Please contact Tracey Hickford or telephone 01425 485081 to purchase tickets or for more information.


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