An Olympic challenge brings a pot of gold to The Rainbow Centre

July 18, 2018

A team of ABP Southampton employees has completed an Olympic challenge raising nearly £3,000, which tops up the total pot of money raised for The Rainbow Centre in Fareham to £13,646.
The Rainbow Centre was ABP Southampton’s charity of the year in 2017. Various fundraising activities across the port have raised this significant amount for the charity that supports children and adults across five counties in central southern England. The charity works with children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disorders, as well as adults with head injuries, Parkinsons, MS, Cerebral Palsy and those that have suffered Strokes. Utilising Conductive Education The Rainbow Centre’s mission is to enable people to become as independent as possible so that they and their families can enjoy life to the full.
Following in the footsteps of success set by Rio Olympic gold medallists, ABP employees, along with team members from other companies based at the Port of Southampton, set themselves a mammoth task to recreate the challenges of every sport where Team GB won a gold medal. Participants relived Team GB’s victories in events including Athletics, Sailing, Tennis, Boxing and Cycling.
The latest and final challenge saw the team tackle the Taekwondo medal at the University of Southampton in June.
Sarah Hudson, Corporate Fundraiser at the Rainbow Centre said: “This is a fantastic amount from a year of fundraising for us and thank you to everyone at ABP. This money could fund our Stroke or MS Group for an entire term, together with a term of our School Booster Sessions for school-age children with Cerebral Palsy. Thank you from us all.”
Alastair Welch, Director at ABP Southampton said: “We are delighted to provide such a valuable donation to The Rainbow Centre. We are passionate about supporting the local community and teams from across the port and ABP have done a tremendous job with various fundraising activities. We’re pleased that our contribution will be making a real difference to families across the South.”
Gideon Aymes, ABP’s team leader for the Olympic challenge said: “It was great to be joined by so many different people from across the port community for such an unusual collection of sports. Many of us tried new sports for the very first time and some people have found a new interest. One thing is sure, we were all united as amateurs taking on these challenges!”