Announcing our 2018 Charity Partner, The Dorset Children’s Foundation

4Com are delighted to announce that The Dorset Children’s Foundation are their 2018 charity partner and will be the recipients of up to £30,000, which will be raised by 4Com staff through a variety of fundraising events.

The Dorset-based charity, which was set up in 2013, provides support to local sick and disabled children by fundraising for medical expenses, mobility equipment and therapies which are currently not available on the NHS. They also provide children with life-enriching experiences and days out to help create a better quality of life for those they support.

They submitted their application based on their “Portable Disabled Changing and Sensory Equipment Appeal”. This project is aiming to purchase two portable changing and toilet facilities, which can be used at their carnival and fundraising events. Currently, the many families that attend these have to look after their children’s needs on the floor of standard toilets, an environment which is undignified and lacks privacy. Purchasing these new changing facilities will provide a fully-accessible tent with a toilet, hoist, mats and table, which can be set up anywhere and gives parents the environment needed to look after their children properly.

The charity is also looking to purchase two portable sensory tents with sensory equipment, which will help children with sensory impairments relax and take some “time-out” when attending these events. This will help to ensure that everyone can continue to enjoy their day out and gives parents the chance to quickly and easily relax their children when they need some time away from their surroundings.

Patsy Hallmey, Founder of The Dorset Children’s Foundation, commented “We are absolutely delighted that 4Com have chosen us to be their charity partner. The chance to purchase this equipment will make a real difference to so many people in our community.

Dorset has over 2500 children registered as disabled. We put on many family fun events throughout the year to allow families to enjoy time together, but we know that many are not attending these due to the changing/toilet facilities. Those who do attend are having to change their children on a dirty portaloo floor, something we cannot have continue. Being able to purchase fully-accessible changing and toilet tents will help to ensure that children have a dignified and safe environment to be looked after in and gives everyone a more enjoyable experience on the day.”

Dean Cartledge, Director and Head of the 4Com Foundation said “Once again, 4Com staff have voted for an amazing local charity whose project will really make a difference to so many families in the community. Our first fundraising event is the Tough Mudder on the 18th August, so this appeal will help motivate us through the muddy trenches and icy swims to complete the challenge and raise the money needed.”

If you would like to donate to our fundraising event, please click here for the JustGiving page.