One of the charities set to benefit from this year’s Andover Carnival is Challengers.

Challengers provide help for thousands of disabled children and their families, who cannot use everyday leisure and play facilities. Their aim is to help disabled children, through access to these, to develop and reach their full potential.

Their policy is “no child is turned away”.

Locally, Challengers have operated the Andover Youthscheme since 2014. Currently over 30 families with disabled children aged from 13 – 18 rely on the scheme to provide play and leisure activities for them at the Andover Sports Academy on Saturdays during term time and during the Easter and summer holidays, plus days out to local attractions, the cinema and swimming.
Challengers’ community funding officer, Rhiannon Hopkin, said “We are thrilled to be chosen as one of the charities of the year for the fantastic Andover Carnival. Thank you so much to the Andover Carnival and the people of Andover for supporting our local Youthscheme. We plan to have a stall at Vigo Park on 17th July – do stop by and say “hello” to Challengers.”