They’ve only gone and done it!


In February the Social Eyes, team from Harding Avenue, Rawmarsh, Rotherham S62 7ED decided to they would
boogie 500,000 steps – the distance to Buckingham Palace – ahead of Her Majesty’s Jubilee June celebration.

And so, a group of adults, with learning disabilities, put on their dancing shoes and began to boogie.

Each week the 12-strong group strutted their stuff; getting closer and closer to their 500,000-step target, and all the while raising funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Chelsea Jubb, Social Eyes Leader, said: “Our group absolutely love a party and they love to dance, so this seemed like the perfect challenge with the Queen’s Jubilee approaching. All credit to our fantastic group who’ve taken to the fundraiser with such enthusiasm. They’ve written a letter to Her Majesty the Queen too, to tell her all about it.”

Social Eyes, which is a day service for adults with mild and moderate learning disabilities and autism, is always keen to give something back to the community.

“We’re coming up to our sixth birthday and over the years we’ve always been fantastically well supported by the community, so after speaking to the staff team and service users, they really wanted to do something to give back,” said Chelsea, who started off as a volunteer at Social Eyes before joining the team.

Our group have set themselves some goals and as part of this they will be supporting and raising funds for different local causes each year.”

This time they really wanted to support children and one of our staff members who used to work at Bluebell Wood made the suggestion – and we all thought it was perfect.”

Social Eyes will be celebrating their achievement with a big Jubilee party in June, and Chelsea promises there will be plenty of cake. With a bit of luck, they may even get a letter from the Queen recognising their efforts.

Jason Gossop, Regional Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “We absolutely love Social Eyes ‘Boogie to Buckingham Palace’ challenge and we can’t thank the group enough for lending their support to Bluebell Wood.

Social Eyes is an amazing and important local service, so it really is humbling that they’ve chosen to support us in this way.

Well done team! Thank you so, so much for supporting Bluebell Wood, it means everything.” 

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