Here are just a selection of our fundraisers and how they have made such a difference to Diverse Abilities.


William and Julie Matthews

Julie and her 17 year old son, William decided to do a skydive for Diverse Abilities in August 2014. William is supported by the charity – he really enjoys his days out with Project My Time and has always wanted to do a skydive. Undertaking a skydive for Diverse Abilities was the perfect opportunity to be able to raise some money and say thank you.

William asked for money for Christmas and his birthday and sacrificed having any presents so he could pay for his own skydive, meaning that every penny raised came to the charity. William also set up a Justgiving page and went round to friends and family with his sponsor forms.

William’s parents thought it would be a good idea that one of them should do it with him in case he panicked and as his father has previously skydived his mum volunteered – as it happened William took it all in his stride and poor Julie was very scared!

The pair jumped at Old Sarum airfield in Salisbury from a height of 15,000 feet. William enjoyed the experience so much and definitely wants to do it again, he is extremely proud of how much money he has raised, an incredible £2285.

William with his father and mother - Richard and Julie and Sharon from Diverse Abilities

Joe Thompson

Joe and his wife have been fantastic supporters of Diverse Abilities since 2013 and have a son who has been diagnosed with autism and learning difficulties; despite this he has a wonderful smile and infectious laugh. Joe’s son is supported by Diverse Abilities on a regular basis by having the opportunity to attend specialist playgroups and outings. Through the support provided by Diverse Abilities it allows Joe and his wife to have some much needed and valuable time off.

As a way of trying to give something back to Diverse Abilities Joe was determined to raise awareness and money for the great work that the charity does. Therefore he undertook a variety of physical challenges over the course of four months, which included the Kamikaze Run, The Bournemouth Half Marathon and the Great South Run. Joe raised a fantastic £1840.56 from his challenges.

He said: “We, as a family, receive some fantastic support from Diverse Abilities. I feel that the least I could do is try and give something back.”

Joe Thompson with his Kamikaze team mates

James Harris

James Harris started supporting Diverse Abilities in January 2013. He participated in the charity’s annual Castaway Survival Challenge in 2013 and 2014 and raised over £2,324 over both events.

James said: “Throughout the whole challenge, the charity’s events manager and a team of exceptional, professional instructors were there to teach various aspects of survival and to talk to. The atmosphere in the castaway camp was amazing and there was a lot of laughing going on. I absolutely loved the challenge and I would recommend it to anyone, whatever their experience in the outdoors is.”

Rachel Turner

Rachel started took part in the charity’s Arctic Adventure Challenge in 2014 to raise funds for Barnabas, the charity’s adult day opportunity centre. Sam has been receiving support from Diverse Abilities for over ten years, including short breaks, the day opportunity centre and home help.

Rachel undertook a number of fundraising activities including a disco for those that are disabled to raise funds and continually helped raise awareness of the charity. She raised a fantastic £3,250 for Diverse Abilities.

Rachel said: “I was going through a change in my life and was looking for an opportunity to gain confidence and get out of my comfort zone while helping others.  The aim of the challenge was to raise funds for Diverse Abilities but I wanted to make it personal to me.”

Rachel Ice Fishing   Arctic Jan 2015

Nivek Kerley

Nivek used to work for Diverse Abilities and continued his support by holding an ‘in aid of’ event for the charity. One of Nivek’s passions is blues music so in 2014 he decided to use this passion to fundraise for Langside School, part of Diverse Abilities.

Nivek organised a blues music festival called ‘Blues for Langside’ and he fundraised in various ways to cover the cost of the event, including holding a bake sale and skittles night. With the help of the charity’s Corporate and Community Team, Nivek also approached corporate sponsors for the festival so that all profits could be donated to Langside School.

Nivek’s ‘Blues for Langside’ music festival raised an amazing £2,702 for Diverse Abilities – this money is being spent on sensory equipment and recording equipment for Langside School which will really make a difference to the pupils. Although it was hard work, Nivek really enjoyed his fundraising and is holding more Blues music events for Diverse Abilities this year!


Debbie Gibbins

Debbie became involved with Diverse Abilities several years ago through a colleague. Since then her support has continued and Debbie has got involved with Diverse Abilities in many different ways.

Debbie took on the charity’s Arctic Adventure Challenge in 2013 and braved sub-zero temperatures to raise almost £2,000! The event was a once in a lifetime experience and Debbie’s fundraising made a massive difference to Diverse Abilities and the people supported.

In 2014, Debbie organised her own fundraising event – a Vintage Tea Party – with beautiful decorations and delicious cakes! Debbie’s friends and family helped Debbie with the event and came along and enjoyed the day. Debbie’s Tea Party raised more than £300 for Diverse Abilities!

Debbie has also supported Diverse Abilities by spreading the word – Debbie has told lots of her friends and family about Diverse Abilities, getting them involved with her fundraising and bringing her friends to volunteer alongside her at community events. Some of these friends and family are now supporters of the charity too!

Debbie Gibbins

Sabrina Booth

Sabrina is a member of staff in the charity’s Coping with CHAOS service who is passionate about the work of Diverse Abilities and the people supported. In 2013 and 2014, Sabrina decided to undertake some fundraising for the Coping with CHAOS service in order to buy some specific resources.

Sabrina worked really hard at her fundraising, holding a family fun day, distributing collection pots, and fundraising at local community events. With the help of the Corporate and Community Team, Sabrina also wrote to lots of businesses to ask for their support of her efforts.

Sabrina has raised almost £800 and, with Coping with CHAOS, is planning how her fantastic fundraising efforts will be turned into the resources that the service needs.


Spectrum Housing

Spectrum has supported Diverse Abilities by sponsoring the Dragon Boat Race event every year since May 2013 and taking part in the event.  Spectrum and its employees have donated £12,000 since they started supporting the charity.

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Staff at Barclays  in Poole have fundraised for Diverse Abilities by holding dress down days, raffles and taking part in our events, such as the Dragon Boat Race, a rowathon, the Harbourview Abseil and provided raffle and auction prizes for the annual Rugby Lunch. Each £1 raised by an employee at Barclays has been matched by the company so their support is invaluable. Through these events and match funding, Barclays event participants have raised a massive £12,000 through sponsorship.


Staff at Bournemouth based LV=  support Diverse Abilities fundraising events by taking part and entering teams, the Dragon Boat Race is a particular favourite, as well as the Harbourview Abseil.  LV= staff have also attended regular entertainment evenings. LV= has raised over £9,000 through event participation by LV= employees.

New Forest Bindings

Team NFB from New Forest Bindings took part in the Dragon Boat Race in 2014. The team were winners on the day and raised £750 as a team. The team were given the incentive that if they won they would get an extra day’s annual leave, so this promise was granted. Everyone that took part had great team spirit on the day and personalised tops.

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