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Tuesday 12 June 2012


Everything in the garden is rosy!

Last year a specially built seating area for the parents of the Charlton Upbeats was opened at the Training Ground and it is has been invaluable in terms of creating a bespoke area where the parents can meet and chat whilst their children are taking part in the various sports activities with their coaches from the Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

However, it was somewhat ‘bare’ and so, as patrons of Disability and Mental Health at CACT, the CSR committee at RCS decided that the company should undertake responsibility for arranging the planting of a range of flowers and plants.

Armed with a variety of gardening tools and with cuttings and plants donated by RCS staff plus a large supply of plants and flowers that were very generously donated by James Evans of the Ruxley Manor Garden Centre; Terry Carrigan, Maggie Robins and Gemma Taylor together with some of their friends and family members became RCS’s very own ‘Ground Force’ and set about transforming the seating area.

The transformation was amazing and the seating area garden now looks beautiful and very colourful. To personalise the garden RCS also held a Sunflower growing competition for The Upbeats, where the children planted a seed in a pot and RCS will hold a judging day in July to see who has the tallest sunflower.

Barry Simmons, Head of Disability and Mental Health at CACT, said: "The support we received from RCS was fantastic and I must thank James Evans and Tracey Rowland of Ruxley Manor Garden Centre for their tremendous generosity in donating so many wonderful plants and flowers for the Upbeats’ garden.

"The garden will now provide a relaxing and calming environment for the Upbeats and their siblings and parents. We can’t thank RCS enough for making the Upbeats’ garden project a reality."

The Charlton Upbeats is a bespoke programme delivered by CACT for young people with Down's Syndrome. The sessions are held on Saturdays at the Charlton Athletic Training Ground from 1.00pm – 2.30pm and revolve around football, although other activities are also delivered.

For further details about the Charlton Upbeats contact Terry Peart or Carl Krauhaus on 08717812095, or email terry.peart@cact.org.uk or carl.krauhaus@cact.org.uk