Local charity donates over £30k worth of leisure vouchers to families

Since relaunching its campaign in September to puts smiles on faces, local charity Absolutely Together has donated over £30,000 worth of leisure activity vouchers to families who have children and young adults with additional needs.

Absolutely Together is part of the Absolutely Leisure Group, a not-for-profit organisation. The group donates all profits to the charity so it can give as many families as possible the opportunity to take part in and enjoy activities together.

The donated vouchers included free fitness sessions at Absolutely Fitness’ gyms in Slough, as well as bowling and karting activities at the other venues that make up the Absolutely Leisure Group – Absolutely Karting and Rogue Leisure.

In addition, Absolutely Together provided vouchers to families and schools that cater for special educational needs so children and young adults could enjoy experiences such as swimming or the theatre, or a trip to a local attraction. The charity also helped families enjoy the festive period by providing over 100 pantomimes tickets.

David Brind, Group Manager of Absolutely Leisure, commented:

“Financial and physical restrictions can mean youngsters with additional needs and their families can often feel left out and isolated. This can lead to mental ill health and an inability for young people to be active. Our aim is to change this and provide free experiences that can be cherished.

“The pandemic did have an impact on the number of families we were able to work with in 2021, as we had to halt our support. However, this year we are committed to helping even more young people and their families take part in activities that they may otherwise be unable to enjoy by providing more than £100,000 worth of free leisure vouchers.”

As part of Absolutely Together’s Smiles campaign, Absolutely Fitness provides free fitness sessions to local families on Sundays. Families and SEND schools can find out more or register for leisure vouchers by emailing smilies@absolutely-group.co.uk.