Shiplake College Present Giant Cheque to Chiltern Centre

Shiplake College have presented the Chiltern Centre in Henley with a bumper cheque of £13,044 to support their work caring for young adults with disabilities.

The funds were raised earlier this year at the Shiplake College Platinum Ball – a wonderful glitzy event set in the stunning grounds of Shiplake College. Money was raised through a fantastic raffle and silent auction with amazing prizes provided by Shiplake families and local businesses.

The cheque was Chiltern Centre Trustee, Lisa Drage who spoke at school assembly.  Two of her children were pupils at Shiplake College.  She told the pupils that many of the young people who use the centre have learning disabilities but also have medical needs like epilepsy.  She also explained how the care provided by the centre gives families a break from caring for their severely disabled children as well as giving the young people the chance to be with others and to have fun.

Cynthia Harper, Chair of the Shiplake Parents Association, said “It has been wonderful to work with the team at the Chiltern Centre.  They came to our summer ball in July and spoke passionately about the work they do to support young people.  The Shiplake community gave generously at the ball with money raised from games, raffle and a silent auction.  We look forward to working with them in the future too.”

Harriet Barcella, Fundraising Manager at the Chiltern Centre said, “It was such a joy to join Shiplake Parents Association. The Summer Ball was a spectacular event and had clearly taken huge amounts of work from the amazing team. We are so grateful that they chose to support the Chiltern Centre – the huge sum of £13,044 will have an enormous impact on the Centre – ensuring we are able to continue to provide a caring, supportive and fun environment for young adults with disabilities in the local area.”