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West Midland Safari Park

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The Baylis Family

The Baylis family were nominated for a Sporting Chance. The family is made up of Ian, Sarah and their three children.

Ian is a charge nurse in a hospital A & E. Prior to that he was a paramedic. Sarah is a radiographer so between them, they have helped numerous people and are a big contributor to NHS.

Ian was diagnosed with poly cystic kidney disease and needs a transplant. The Baylis family’s Sporting Chance was at the West Midland Safari Park.

Raised funds for Polycystic Kidney disease charity

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I would firstly like to say a massive Thank you to all concerned for the amazing day you so kindly gifted us at West Midland Safari Park.

We had the most amazing experience from feeding rhinos and giraffes, handling tortoises and having lorikeets land all over me!!! A massive achievement for me who really struggles with birds flying around my head!

To see all of us so animated after such a long time of lowness and Ian actually enjoy time with the kids has made the biggest difference to us all!

It is thanks to all of you that I have seen a light at the end of a very dark tunnel and I couldn’t be more appreciative. Along with the fact that the kindness of strangers has given Ian a new insight and drive to keep going.

We are building plans to pay it forward to the Polycystic Kidney disease charity in the summer by organising a Cheltenham 3 peaks walk with the support of an amazing group of friends

James experiences the magic of Disneyland

James with Minnie Mouse

James G’s Sporting Chance; nominated by the Community Liaison Ambassador at Tesco, Elgin, who works with James’ mother . James, aged 2, has incurable Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Give Them a Sporting Chance arranged for James and his family to create memories by visiting Disneyland Paris in July 2022.

Festival Of Light

Festival Of Light

Two girls with Down's Syndrome and Hypermobility difficutlies experienced the Festival of Light at Christmas with their family

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A huge thank you to Give Them A Sporting Chance for giving our family the best day out in a long time!

Our 'wish' was for our daughters, Hazel 6 and Miriam 8, to experience Christmas Lights somewhere other than a garden centre or DIY store - our usual places where we go to see them. Hazel has Down's syndrome, is tube fed and in a wheelchair. Her sister, Miriam, has her own difficulties relating to Hypermobility. A day trip anywhere is usually out of the question as Hazel's needs make it difficult to be away from home for any more than a couple of hours.

Give Them A Sporting Chance made our wish possible by taking us to Longleat's Festival of Lights just before Christmas. They even arranged for us to have our very own nurse with us - Alex, who helped make the whole day wonderfully easy for us. We spent the day exploring Longleat House, it's animals, gardens and other attractions, and watched as Miriam overcame some fears and learnt to do things she'd never done before!

Once darkness fell we were taken on a magical journey as we explored, open mouthed, the stunningly lit Fairytale scenes in the Festival of Light. We shall never forget the look on Hazel's face as she stared up at a huge Christmas tree that told a story in lights. The whole display was by far the best Christmas lights the girls have ever seen! Totally magical!

So thank you to Alex, Charlie and all at Give Them a Sporting Chance for making such special memories for our family and helping us to do something we almost certainly wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. We felt like royalty and it was a day we will never forget!
Red Arrows
The Red Arrows at Silverstone