Stewarts Garden Centres fundraise for a nominated charity every year as we aim to support our community. Our generous customers have raised a phenomenal amount for many different charities over the years and nominated many wonderful causes for 2018. We are proud to announce that for 2018 we will be supporting the charity Diverse Abilities at Stewarts Christchurch and Broomhill Garden Centres, and St Francis School through the Rotary Club of Fareham at Stewarts Abbey Garden Centre.
Diverse Abilities is Dorset’s disability charity supporting children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities across the county since 1955. It is an independent, not for profit organisation working together with families to help meet the needs of local people, of all ages, with physical and learning disabilities. They are dedicated to supporting their needs today and into the future while enabling them to experience a lifetime of opportunities and challenges. Diverse Abilities give families and parents a much-needed break from their responsibilities so they can relax. It also gives siblings, who may feel confused or isolated, the chance to play together, have quality time with their parents and share special times.
St Francis is a special school for children aged between 2 and 19 with severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Stewarts Abbey Garden Centre has joined forces with The Rotary Club of Fareham to raise funds for a much-needed specialised mini bus for the school, allowing the children (many of whom are in wheelchairs) better access to the wider community. Each bus can only take about five children in wheelchairs plus their carers and with all their support equipment at a time, so another bus will be a major step in helping with more days out.