Friends Of Columbus School And College
Columbus cares for and educates young people aged 3 to 19 with severe and complex needs, many with life limiting conditions. We are a vibrant, ambitious organisation , determined to make a difference to the lives of our young people and their families, challenging the boundaries of achievement and accomplishment and forever improving and extending the learning and life opportunities for those who attend our very special academy. We are embarking upon a new, exciting Autism development project which will see a dynamic, Verbal Behaviour programme introduced for those with the most challenging levels of Autism to enable our young people to have greater levels of support, bespoke timetabling opportunities and access to behaviour analysts to aid them in communication development. We are creating specific intervention groups for those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. These provisions facilitate delivery of specific , individually planned learning & support plans enabling those with significant and debilitating needs to achieve in safe, calm, stimulating environments with direct access to specialist staff. We aspire to remain at the cutting edge of education resourcing and continue to develop assistive communication and learning technologies enabling our youngsters to easily make choices in their lives, make their needs and thoughts known and ensure their safety and wellbeing. We believe that all young people should have equal opportunities to learn and live in their local community. We are currently developing our own work experience settings including a community cafe and a pop up shop in Chelmsford City Centre. We hope we will be able to raise sufficient funds to see all these dreams become a reality for our very special young people.
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Team Rayner's Fundraising Page

Alan Rayner, Andy Rayner

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We foolishly bragged (whilst in the pub) that we could swim a mile in open water.

Unfortunately for us, our wives, Debbie and Claire, who both work at Columbus School and College, pointed out that there was ‘Swim Serpentine 2016’ being held in Hyde Park on the 24th September 2016 which is a 1 mile open water swim.

So far the hardest part has been trying to find rubber rings that fit our waist lines but this is only the start!

Please dig deep and donate to this very worthy charity that is close to both our hearts and follow our training up to the event.

All money raised will be used to buy iPads and communication software for the students of Columbus School and College.  The students, aged 3-19 all have profound and complex needs, many with Autism and life limiting conditions.  Many of these young people are either non-verbal or have speech and language delays.  These resources will make a big difference to help them to communicate, which is something most of us take for granted.

Through this page, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to our charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Thank you for your support!

Alan and Andy

Update 22nd August:  We have both been training hard at Trifarm, where we feel a little out of place with all the athletes.  We're not being put off, we are determined to raise as much as we can for these much needed iPads!  

Thank you to everyone that has sponsored us so far, we really apppreciate your support.  Please spread the word so we can raise as much as possible.

Recent donors

24.10.16 Well done mate

10.10.16 Well done Andy, all for a very good purpose

08.10.16 Very well done Alan and Andy xx


02.10.16 Well Done Alan & Andy

01.10.16 Well done Alan Great charity

29.09.16 Thank you Alan and Andy for your dedication to Columbus, you are both amazing!

25.09.16 Well done amazing achievement!

24.09.16 Well done you two

24.09.16 Good luck, great achievement!

24.09.16 Well, Son and Alan, Good luck for today - hope the sun shines for you. I'm very proud that you have been training and have taken on this wonderful challenge. Wish we could afford more but hope this small contribution will help a little. Well done both!

24.09.16 Thank you for this amazing effort to support our super special students!

24.09.16 Good luck today - hope the water isn't too cold!

23.09.16 Good luck for tomorrow and thank you both

22.09.16 tge very best of luck to you both!

22.09.16 Wishing you both lots of luck this weekend chaps! Thank you so much for all you are doing for our wonderful youngsters. You are amazing! With best wishes, Ginny

22.09.16 Good luck !

22.09.16 Good luck! Very worthy cause

20.09.16 Good luck Alan sure you will find it easy after all your training

18.09.16 good Luck

18.09.16 GOOD LUCK!

18.09.16 Good Luck

17.09.16 Such a great cause! Good luck xxx

17.09.16 Good Luck

17.09.16 Good luck


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