Every May the firm consults with our staff to decide on a charity to support for the financial year ahead. In 2016 the firm supported MNDA (South Essex), raising nearly £9,000. SNAP was a close second in the suggestion poll and we have continued to work alongside them in the last year, finding out about the good work they do. They were, therefore, an easy choice for this year’s fundraising efforts.
SNAP was founded in 1994 and helps families and their children aged 0-25 years with special needs and disabilities throughout Essex.
The children and young people have a wide range of disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, sensory impairments, speech and language difficulties and learning disabilities. SNAP’s aims are to inform, encourage and support parents so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give the best possible help to their children.
Throughout the year more than 500 children and young people regularly use The SNAP Centre to take part in therapies, play sessions and clubs and over 600 parents and carers receive hands-on help at the centre. In total over 1,800 families across Essex benefit from the information and advice services, delivered by the team of friendly staff and 100 dedicated volunteers.
This year they must raise in the region of £250,000 from donations and fundraising in order to provide the level of service needed.