The Smallman & Son Charitable Foundation
Smallman & Son Ltd is a local building company who set up the Smallman & Son Charitable Foundation to help young people in the community. They have sponsored a number of local sports teams and completed several construction projects for Rainbows Children’s Hospice. The Foundation is also committed to helping children who have special educational needs, health issues and terminal illnesses. It aims to improve quality of life, encourage new experiences and build confidence for young people.
The Smallman & Son Charitable Foundation has recently supported Steps, Abel Camps, The Bodie Hodges Foundation and Together We can – four charities that provide a range of invaluable support to young people and their families with different needs in the local area.
Steps is a registered charity which provides specialist nursery services and support to children with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and their families, enabling them to lead fuller, more active lives. Offering ‘conductive education’ which recognises that children with motor disabilities can develop in the same way as their able-bodied peers, Steps’ services are designed to focus on the child, not the disability.
Abel Camps runs themed camping holidays to Wales for disabled children and young people from the Leicester and Leicestershire areas. Each individual is provided with their own carer who is committed to making their week-long holiday a real success. Many of the campers would not otherwise be able to enjoy the camping experience.
The Bodie Hodges Foundation was formed in 2012, to support families who have been bereaved of a child of any age and to promote organ donation. Through Bodie’s Boathouse, they provide a safe and luxurious place that families can retreat to and spend time together after the death of their child, giving siblings a chance to deal with their own grief, while watching their parents and loved ones grieve too.
Together We Can is a small Saturday club meeting once a month at Leicester College. The club is for young people, aged 18 years and over, with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and offers a variety of activities to the young people including coaching by a qualified specialist sports coach, sensory music therapy, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy sessions.