Boris Johnson gets hopping for KIDS!

24 June 2015

We are calling on the general public to design a spacehopper and join in The Big Spacehop Challenge this year!   

Find out more about the campaign and get involved by clicking here.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who helped to launch our campaign, said: "I'm pleased to be supporting this exciting campaign on behalf of KIDS. They provide care and support to thousands of disabled children and young people and are a life line to families across the country including over 3,000 in our capital city. I'm urging everyone to get behind this campaign and get hopping for KIDS.”

Young people across the country are being encouraged to create their own designer spacehoppers through a competition and their entries will be judged by an expert panel. The winning designs will be shown at an exclusive exhibition this summer in Central London, before the Big Spacehop Challenge race takes place in London this September. All entries will also be uploaded to a gallery on the charity’s website and displayed to visitors.

Anyone can register to fundraise for the big race and the event is open to adults and children. The charity hopes the Big Spacehop Challenge race will see over 800 people bouncing on space hoppers in an attempt to break the World Record for the largest space hop race – all to raise money for the charity and raise awareness of the challenges people with disabilities face.

We run over 100 services across the country to support disabled children, young people and their families including short breaks, portage services, adventure playgrounds and mediation services.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson gets hopping for KIDS!

Judy is a 33 year-old single mum with two very active boys. Ben has autism and epilepsy, and Jack has Asperger Syndrome. Because of this it is very difficult to go out with the boys.

Judy felt she really needed some support and was told about KIDS Direct Short Breaks by her local Children’s Information Service. She applied for one of KIDS’ Short Breaks for her son Ben.

Judy commented: “Just this week, I left Ben at home with his worker for the first time. Jack went to a friend's, and I went to the hairdressers! I can't remember the last time I was pampered! I was so confident in KIDS’ support, I felt I could leave Ben and not worry.”

Peter Rowbottom, Director of Fundraising, said: ‘We are running this event to support disabled children across the country and hope to raise thousands of pounds through this amazing event.’ 

Find out more about the campaign and get involved by clicking here.


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