360 in the Community

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Support for the community has always been at the heart of the organisation since I founded it back in 2008. We are delighted to be able to continue this and grow to support so many local initiatives in the communities we serve. 360 is proud to play such a valued role in local family life while delivering safe, fun and inspiring environments for young families. speech-marks-2

Duncan Phillips

Being a family business 360 is proud to support the communities its centres serve. From founding the company through to our day to day activities 360 strives to take an active role in local communities around us. We believe strongly in our activities being engaged and adopted by local people and our centres seen as part of family life.

360 has many requests for help and support from may different organisations and wherever possible is proud to support as many as we can. During the last 12 months we have supported over 4,800 different community groups across all our regions from something as simple as supporting a raffle with a family day pass to bespoke charity days at our locations.

Our characters are regularly seen out supporting local events from school fundraisers to local charity runs and events. Last year Twizzle and Twirl made over 200 public appearances throughout our regions supporting all manner of charity/community events.

Every year 360 looks to its membership to elect a charity we can give extra support to for the next 12 months. Our charities for 2019 are:

360 Play Basildon

Upwards with Downs

Upwards with Downs is a charity which supports families who have a child/adult who has Down Syndrome, in Essex and surrounding areas. 

The charity provides subsidised Speech, 1-1 swimming lessons and Dance and Drama for their members.

The charity prides itself on the support and help they provide to their members. One of the committee is usually only a phone call away or will contact you back the same day.

The charity’s members class themselves as one big happy family.

website: www.upwardswithdowns.co.uk

360 Play Farnborough

Sebastian’s Action Trust 

Sebastian’s Action Trust supports families with children who have life-limiting and life-changing conditions.

In addition to respite for families, they provide practical support in the home, in hospital and in the community and this is tailored to the needs of each family. This support includes child support, financial and welfare advice, wellbeing therapies and counselling. The Trust receives no government funding and so their work is dependent on fundraising. 

We are looking forward to working with them in 2019 and hope you will join us in supporting this worthy cause.

website:https://sebastiansactiontrust.org

360 Play Leicester

ADAPT Prembabies 

ADAPT Prembabies is a local Leicestershire charity that supports the parents and families of premature babies and those needing specialist neonatal care. For parents this can be an emotional and traumatic time and ADAPT helps to support them through their experience. We are looking forward to working with this special charity in 2019 and helping them raise awareness for the great work they do.

website: www.prembabies.co.uk

360 Play Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity 

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity is the official charity for Milton Keynes University Hospital. Our mission is to make a real difference to the experience of patients, their families, and the staff who treat them. 

We raise money for all wards and departments and our fundraising enables us to go over and above what the NHS provides – always funding  specific, tangible items such as:

•State of the art equipment

•Comfort items for patients

•Special advanced training for members of staff

•Pilots for new patient-care initiatives

•New welcoming, positive environments for everyone treated in our hospital.

 We are a local charity benefitting the community in and around Milton Keynes.

 In particular, 360 Play are supporting Leo’s Appeal, which raises money for our children’s wards, and the Cancer Centre Appeal – helping us to build a brand new cancer centre at the hospital.

website: www.mkhcharity.org.uk

360 Play Stevenage

Home Start Herts

Home-Start Herts supports families who are struggling to cope and focus on building family relationships and supporting children’s development. With the help of family mentors the charity helps parents to give their children the best possible start in life. We are looking forward to working with them in 2019 and hope our partnership makes a difference to the local families who are supported by Home-Start Herts.

website: http://home-startherts.org.uk

If you would like us to help support your charity or event, or would like to book Twizzle and Twirl for a guest appearance, please email  events@360play.uk.com

Fundraising From 2016

‘Team 360 Play’ 50 mile cycle ride raises £3,000 (and counting!) for charities of the year

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A team from 360 Play has raised over £3,000 so far for the company’s four 2016 charities of the year following a successful cycle ride on Sunday, March 20th, as part of last weekend’s Sport Relief event.

Led by Managing Director Duncan Phillips the team was made up of several members of the head office staff at DP House in Milton Keynes, with the tough 50 mile route beginning and ending at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s iconic Lee Valley VeloPark, part of the site of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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On a windy and occasionally showery day, the circuit took riders up and down lots of hills around beautiful Essex countryside and along some busy main roads around central London, but everyone completed the task unscathed – apart from a few aches and pains which came on after the event! And the participants were ably supported by graphics manager Jane, who ensured everyone was well hydrated and provided for with energy boosting food along the way.

 Funds raised to date through individual sponsorships total over £1,500 and with 360 Play operating company DP Leisure match donating to the final figure, over £3,000 has been raised so far. The funds will be split between the four 360 Play centres’ charities of the year – Harry’s Rainbow in Milton Keynes, Polly Parrot Children’s Appeal in Basildon, Tracks autism in Stevenage and the Phoenix Children’s Foundation in Leicester – which will all gain valuable support from this event.

“We’ve supported local charities and the wider communities in all the areas in which we operate for many years and the idea to add to this with a cycle ride around this year’s Sports Relief appealed to several of us at head office,” said group sales and marketing manager Billie-Jan Humphries. “It was tough going at times but really worthwhile and the money raised by each member of the team, which is being matched by our operating company DP Leisure, will enable us to provide a real boost to this year’s 360 Play charities of the year.”

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The 360 Play team’s efforts also reflect the company’s philosophy for young children. Providing fun activities designed to encourage physical, active, imaginative and creative play is key to the 360 Play concept, enhancing and supporting children’s development. Its centres are packed with a wide range of elements to ensure this is achieved among its young visitors who may one day themselves take part in a Sport Relief event.

Basildon

Farnborough

Leicester

Milton Keynes

Redditch

Stevenage