On Sunday 9th July we hosted our biggest ever Sundial Festival as over 800 of our friends, partners and supporters attended the annual event. Welcomed by the appealing aroma of stone baked pizzas, freshly cooked paella and hog roast the guests weren’t short on choice as they made their way around the grounds. The iconic Cookie Bar Bus situated in front of the house was a familiar sight, busy serving delicious cookies, coffees and other treats throughout the day as a big screen showed videos of our many different projects.

Dylan's Ice Cream were in demand

With a range of attractions for all ages including: a climbing wall, bouncy castles, bar fly and laser quest, beautiful sunshine complimented the day making the swimming pool a popular stop for many. For the more active, tennis lessons and games were taking place on the tennis court and for those looking for a slightly slower pace, fishing slots were available throughout the day. With various fair ground stalls, mini Tesla cars for children to drive around and the ever-popular Henna painting, there really was something for everyone.

The day is predominantly a celebration of the great work that COINS Foundation does in conjunction with our brilliant partners as well as a thank you to all of the supporters that make it possible. We aim to raise awareness of the various issues that we face and work to change the thinking of future generations so that we can work towards a better and more sustainable future.

It was great to have our super partners on display, featuring: solar powered mobile chargers from Aleutia, an adapted boat from Sailability and some sit skis and outriggers to demonstrate adaptive skiing from Snow Therapy. The greatest eye opener of what can be possible was the stage performances from some of the past and current students from Stepping Stones. The school was started in 2004 for children with mild to moderate disabilities and has since flourished to the point of expansion into Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which now operates as the secondary school.

At 4pm spectators gathered on the bank overlooking the stage and set up camp in preparation for the performances and they were set to be nothing less than impressed at the level of talent that was demonstrated. Kicking off the show with a group dance demonstration, solo performers then covered popular songs such as Elvis’ Suspicious Minds and X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s The Climb. A big part of the curriculum for many of the students, the importance of the creative arts and its positive impact was evident through their confident performances in front of such a packed audience.

A COINS Global sponsored event, we’ve incorporated a small fundraising element where all funds with go to our chosen charity, which this year is Disability Challengers. Our silent auction features a variety of prizes from rugby tickets to a luxury yacht cruise or for the car fans – use of a Tesla for a week, but whatever your interests (or budget) there will certainly be something to interest you. All prizes have been generously donated and the auction will close on Monday 31st July so get your bids in if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning!

Once again a huge thank you to everyone who joined us and made the day so successful and don’t forget to put next year’s date in the diary – we hope to see you next year on Saturday 14th July 2018!