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A Massive #ThanksToYou to National Lottery Players!

Today, we want to say a huge #ThanksToYou to National Lottery players, for funding two of our amazing projects.

With National Lottery funding we are able to run regular sessions for our adult group, No Limits, which provides over 18s with learning disabilities in Mid Sussex with a range of activities members can enjoy with their friends in a supportive environment. Sessions run in the evenings and over the weekend. Activities include discos, visits to local pubs and the theatre, greyhound racing and meals out. The activities are designed to be fun whilst at the same time help the members with their social and life skills. Our aim is to help build confidence and self esteem and give young adults opportunities to become more independent and engage with the local community.

National Lottery players also fund our Family Support project which gives parents, carers and siblings the opportunity to join in with Kangaroos activities. We’ve recently launched support groups for parent carers and siblings independent of their Kangaroo member. Our aim is to extend our support to the whole family, and enable people to talk about their shared experiences and network with each other.

Thanks to you National Lottery Players we are able to support more people with learning disabilities in Sussex. We are so proud to be part of the #NationalLottery Funding Network.

Kangaroos’ Annual Charity Golf Day Raises Over £9000 For Children and Young Adults With Learning Disabilities.


Kangaroos is delighted to share our most successful Golf Day to date, with all money raised funding further sensory equipment for the Kangaroos’ activity hub. Organised by Samantha Norgate, Fundraising Coordinator for Kangaroos, the annual event raised not only vital funding for the charity, but also awareness of the realities of those living with learning disabilities in Sussex.

Cottesmore Hotel, Golf and Country Club was a beautiful setting for the day, with lovely facilities, and wonderful staff on hand to support. The Golfers arrived bright and early for bacon rolls and coffee before the competition began. Luckily the weather held out and allowed for all 17 teams to complete the 18 hole course without a spot of rain!

The day concluded with a delicious two course meal, an auction and raffle and a prize giving ceremony where the winners of the day were announced.

Winning Team  – The Ella Thatcher Memorial Trophy was awarded to Jamie Williams and his team  ‘Why Didn’t You Do That The First Time’ (87 points)  with ‘Jonesy’s Giants’ not far behind  (83 points)

And a respectable 3rd place went to ‘WT Hackers Hill Team’   – (80 points)

Best Individual Golfer – Scott Funnell (39 points)

Longest Drive on the 18th hole – Seb Saunders

Par 3 – Nearest the pin 3rd Hole – Andy Howard

Par 3 – Nearest the pin 7th Hole -Will Lynch and Daryl Summers

Par 3 – Nearest the pin 12th Hole- Luke Fisher

Consolation prizes individual Steve Ward and team ‘The Pinging Swingers’

Other challenges that went on throughout the day included Beat the Pro won by Daryl Summers and Mark Allinson, Hole in One run by New Wave Golf and penalty payments for anyone who hit their balls in the water!

Kangaroos would like to say a huge thanks to our headline sponsor –

Barratt Homes

and our main sponsors –

Power Electric Services, Searls Land, Freeman Brother’s, Claire Nash Solicitor’s and WT Partnership 

With special thanks to Angela Miller and Pro Golfer Sam from Cottesmore Golf Club who looked after us so well and our wonderful band of volunteers whose support were invaluable on the day –

Clare Jones from Bright Light Film, Hazel Constantine, Simon Kingsley of Just Simon Photography,

Chloe Norgate from First Recruitment Services, along with Craig Baines, Robert Waghorn and Amie Gomez.

Kangaroos would like to extend a grateful thank you to all that attended, and the individuals and local businesses that provided sponsorship, and donated prizes for the auction and raffle.

Thanks so much to you and your team for running a brilliant day at Cottesmore.

Theo gets so much out of attending Kangaroos. It is all thanks to the amazing work that you guys do.’ – Theo’s father, a member of Kangaroos.

To learn more about the vital work done by Kangaroos for people with learning disabilities, and their families in Sussex, please visit

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