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HNT is very pleased to announce, that the Dorset Opportunity Groups (Dorchester, Blandford) and Somerset Opportunity Groups (Yeovil and Taunton) have each received £2500.00 in grants from funds raised during 2019.
Rachel Goodfellow, founder of HNT, receiving cheque for £2,500 from Clair Smith, operations manager, and Sarah Ryan, marketing director, of Peter Harding Wealth Management
How many static miles did Rachel cover in the HNT Racing Wheelchair in 4 hours?
The answer: An amazing 444.05 miles in 4:00:16 hours
During 2015-17 over £25,000 was raised through the Hidden Needs Trust with the help of Somerset Community Foundation.
Beneficiaries: Blandford and Dorchester Opportunity Groups £5,300 each, Taunton Opportunity Group £7,850 and Yeovil Opportunity Group £6,850
Plus a £17,000 cut in funding for Dorchester Opportunity Group was overturned by HNT's intervention; without this they may have faced closure.
They are still open and recently achieved an outstanding OFSTED rating.
Hidden Needs Trust raises money for SEN preschool children in Dorset and Somerset, and the very specialist pre-school groups that support them. These Opportunity Groups are charities themselves and need to raise around £40,000 each annually merely to remain open.
The groups are based in Dorchester, Blandford, Yeovil and Taunton and are centres of excellence supporting SEN children, their families and carers ensuring each individual child reaches their optimum potential. Through the Opportunity Groups other professionals are accessed such as Speech and Language Therapy, Music Therapy, Paediatricians and Occupational Therapy. The staff are highly trained to work with highly complex needs.
Without these specialist groups, many children would not get early diagnosis, never reach their true potential, and the whole family until would be under enormous stress. The two counties are large and rural and if any one of the group's should close it would mean even more difficult access to specialist treatment and education for families...many would find travelling the extra miles to the next nearest group would be impossible and too taxing for the child.
Having founded the trust in 2015, a LOT has happened since then. Including obtaining charity status in January 2020.