Every month Affinity for Business donates £250 to a chosen charity of the month. Each month team members will suggest charities they feel passionate about. These charities will then be put into an anonymous poll where the AfB team can vote for a charity to donate to.
This month’s chosen charity is A Smile for A Child, which help disabled children to participate in sport, a cause that is close to our hearts. So, we thought we would raise awareness by kindly asking Chris Read from A Smile for A Child to discuss the importance of the issue. We’ll be answering any common questions and informing the local community of what they can do to help.
Question #1: Can you tell us a bit about A Smile for A Child and how the charity came about?
I founded A Smile for A Child 9 years ago and I run the charity from home. As we are a grant-giving charity, this means that we host a range of fundraising activities to raise money for disabled children to participate in sports.
Question #2: How do you provide for young disabled children?
We provide grants for disabled children, families will apply to A Smile for A Child to help them purchase much needed sports equipment such as disability chairs, frames, and hoists to help them better participate in physical activities.
Question #3: What sports activities do you run for disadvantaged children?
As mentioned previously, we provide families with special equipment needed to participate in sports. The donations we receive can also be used to pay for swimming lessons and the hiring of sports halls.
Question #5: In our AfB company lottery we donated £250 towards A Smile for A Child, what can this size donation do for a child with disabilities?
Firstly, thank you very much for the donation. A £250 donation could teach an autistic child to swim with private lessons. Swimming is known to bring joy, confidence and coordination towards a child with autism as well as improving and reducing anxiety, how fantastic is that?!
Question #6: Lastly, how can people get involved with the activities that you run?
We have a fantastic bunch of volunteers who help with collections in supermarkets such as Waitrose and in train stations, in fact, Adam Slater one of AfB’s customer support advisors takes the time to fundraise for A Smile for A Child in his spare time.