October 2010 - Little Rays of Sunshire Club

Posted on 01-10-2010

Elearn UK & Stonebridge Associated Colleges have recently donated £250 to the Little Rays of Sunshine Club.

The Little Rays of Sunshine Club is a Bude based mutual support group for families who have a child with special needs. The main idea behind the group is to build an extended family to help, advise and support one other and have a bit of fun doing it.

We do know that the first time we’re told that our baby is less than perfect is devastating. We do know that in whatever way your child has been burdened, medical and social support services tend to look for every associated failing. We also know that they are not always right. We know that we love our children and will do the best we can for them.

The Little Rays of Sunshine Club has started off with a good deal of help from the Downs Syndrome Association, in particular the Cornwall Downs Syndrome Support Group, based in Newquay. We are affiliated with the DSA which brings us under their umbrella in regard advice, support and charitable status.

With this kind donation The Little Rays of Sunshine Club will be able to:-
1) Maintain our weekly meetings. Although we have been donated the use of the facilities for our Special needs children and their carers, we still have contribute to entrance fees for the remainder of their families.

2) Swimming lessons, again we have been donated the use of the swimming pool at Trevalgas Holiday complex, but we still have to fund our instructor, Vikki.

3) The Little Rays of Sunshine also fund fortnightly visits from the Musical Farmhouse to provide music therapy to the Poppy Unit at Bude Junior School.

4) We fund day's out and events such as Christmas parties for the Club.

5) We also, on occasion, share funds with the Cornwall Downs Syndrome Support Group CDSSG (http://www.cdssg.org.uk/). Most notably bringing conferences to both our groups providing professional support and advice in respect to special needs related issues.


Elearn UK & Stonebridge in the Community

Elearn UK & Stonebridge Associated Colleges are proud to announce our "Stonebridge in the Community" charity scheme. As a college we realise we have a social responsibility to those in our community who are less fortunate and thus we have set up "Stonebridge in the Community". It is our aim to donate at least £500 per month to worthwhile causes. This donation is available to any registered charity or community sports club.

If your charity or sports club would like to apply for the funding you simply need to e-mail the college (info@stonebridge.uk.com) and explain why:

1.         Your charity or sports club should receive the donation
2.         What your charity or sports club intends to do with the funds

We will make a decision monthly on which charity or sports club has been allocated the donation each month

Please note: In order to be eligible for the funding your charity or sports club must agree to allow us to publish their proposal on this page, including any relevant photos. The decision of the college is final and no further correspondence will be entered into, however charities or sports clubs are welcome to submit the same proposal in following months, if unsuccessful. The college reserves the right to not make a donation in a month where it is not felt that it would go to a worthy cause, and likewise the college reserves the right to make more than one donation on months where it believes there to be numerous good causes.


  • AstralW
    24-02-2013 22:33:25
    This is heart-warming. x
  • daniela
    17-12-2012 19:06:01
    excellent donation
  • rebecca bath
    12-11-2012 08:44:16
    i love to see elearn and stonebridge giving to charities it makes you feel good to be apart of them. well done
  • Sophie
    09-11-2012 13:12:58
    These posts are so lovely to see. Well-done Stonebridge for donating a little and sometimes a lot to so many worthwhile charities.
  • Steven Nicol
    25-02-2012 23:01:33
    My girlfriend has worked with special educational needs children and I know how important all their work is so it's nice that other people acknowledge that.

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