On Sunday 6th September 72 Disney employees took part in the Diamond Triathlon at Eton College Rowing Centre to raise vital funds for KIDS Short Breaks programme.
KIDS Short Breaks support thousands of disabled children and young people across England each year. Through weekly outings with their Short Breaks Worker, children are given the opportunity to take part in activities that enhance their development and well-being, such as swimming classes or a trip to an activity centre. During that time, parents and families are able to have a much-needed break from their caring responsibilities, ensuring the whole family is benefitting.
Disney ‘Sprint’ Triathletes completed an impressive 750m swim, 21.1km bike and 5km run as part of the course, with ‘Olympic’ triathletes completing double that.
Whilst training for the event over the past few months, staff have also organised a number of events to raise additional funds for KIDS Short Breaks, including bake sales, quizzes, film screenings and choir singing.
Caroline Stevens, KIDS Chief Executive, commented “Short Breaks were the first services provided by KIDS when we were founded in 1970 and they remain a vital resource for families with disabled children today. We are extremely grateful to the staff at Disney for all of their efforts, and the funds raised will ensure that disabled children and young people are able to access activities that are often out of their reach due to physical, social and financial constraints. The respite the service provides for parents and siblings is also invaluable, and ensures families are able to recharge their batteries frequently and give their child the best care possible.”