I hope you have all had a Happy Easter. We certainly did at AIMS. We were very fortunate this year to have had Easter Eggs donated once again by the Spiritualist Church in Dawlish and also further eggs provided by J H Way, Dawlish. The children were over the moon with their chocolate treats and had great fun taking part in the Easter Egg hunt. The older children in fact helped the little ones on their egg hunt. Thank you to all at the Spiritualist Church and J H Way in Dawlish for your thoughtfulness.
Since the New Year we have more families than ever coming along on a regular basis and it is fantastic to see our little group thriving.
We have again been very fortunate in receiving some wonderful donations. Due to this we were able to take our children to Clip n Climb in Exeter on 24th March 2018 where children of all ages joined in and had a great confidence boost climbing some pretty scary heights.
We have received a massive donation from Teignbridge Trotters Running Club for the grand total of £620.00. They raised this huge sum for us over the Christmas period by members choosing to donate money to charity rather than send Christmas cards to each other. The club then very kindly doubled the donation made by their members. A huge thank you to Teignbridge Trotters for raising such a massive sum of money for us.
We have also received a donation from Suzanne Thorne in the sum of £100.00. The Teignmouth Inn in Dawlish held another quiz night on our behalf and managed to raise the sum of £141.00. A big thank you to all involved in the quiz. We have received a donation from Chris Cole and his brother who played music at Royal Court for the residents and donated their profits to AIMS.
Despite the awful weather we have had recently, we have been able to offer the children some fantastic craft and cooking activities every week. We were lucky enough to be visited by Dance in Devon who are a registered charity themselves. As part of their “All Aboard Project” Pip Jones and Lizzie Swinford came along to a couple of our sessions and our children were supported to express themselves through movement. The project is designed to support children to express their identities through movement, develop resilience through raising confidence and explore creativity through imaginative play-based movement. It was a pleasure to watch Pip and Lizzie work with all of our children of all different ages and abilities and the children had a fantastic time taking part in this activity.
We have had a brilliant start to the year and the children and families have thoroughly enjoyed the activities we have prepared. Thank you to all our staff, volunteers and supporters for helping us achieve this.