GBE Converge’s Group Operations Director Ian Phelps completed yesterday’s London Marathon and sends a huge thank you to all the company’s customers, suppliers and staff who sponsored him.
Ian was running for Phab. a charity that for nearly 60 years has encouraged and supported children and adults with and without disabilities to make more of life together.
Each year around 116 children and young people aged from 8 to 25, supported by 99 enthusiastic and specially trained Phab volunteers and carers, arrange two carefully chosen and fully accessible outdoor activity centres in the New Forest and the Lake District. Through the challenging and exciting activities on offer and the experience of being away from home and just having great fun together, the children build their self-esteem, confidence and independence and learn new practical, personal and social skills which all helps them when they go back home – along with some great memories and new friends made.
Most of the children and young people have physical, sensory or learning disabilities. Some have very complex needs requiring the support of a dedicated carer or two Phab volunteers. To fulfil Phab’s overarching aim of promoting understanding and inclusion of disabled and non-disabled people, a small number of children attending are not disabled but disadvantaged in some way, perhaps in foster care or having experienced abuse or bereavement, or they are the sibling of a child attending with a disability.
Ian’s sponsors so far include:
GBE Fire & Security
Apollo Fire Detectors
Ilkeston FC Juniors FC
Staff at GBE
Staff at Converge
Family and friends