Each year Guildhall Chambers chooses a local charity to support.
We're delighted to announce that our Charity of the Year for 2022/23 will be Gympanzees.
There are 66,000 children and young people with disabilities within an hour of Bristol, and over 1.1 million in the UK. 77% of them cannot access regular leisure facilities, so can’t play, exercise or socialise in the same ways as their peers and are twice as likely as non-disabled children to be lonely. Whole families are isolated, with 72% of parents suffering mental health problems as a result.
Gympanzees mission is to enable every child and young person with a disability to access regular play, exercise and friendship, to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing, and to take their families out of isolation. This is achieved through our Pop-Up facilities which include specialised gyms, soft play, active and calm sensory and music rooms, trampolines, therapy suites and social cafés. We also offer remote support via an online resource hub full of activities and helpful videos, specialist therapy advice and an equipment Lending Library.