Charity of the Year

Congleton Lawn Tennis Club chair Rob McNinch was today proud to present a cheque to Alison Parr, founder of Ruby’s Fund. The cheque, for £400 represents the fund-raising efforts of the club and its members during the 2023/24 season.
In presenting the cheque, Rob commented “It’s an absolute please to help such a fantastic cause, and a well-known and well-loved charity in the local area.
About Ruby’s Fund
When I had my daughter Ruby in 2007, I discovered she had a rare and incurable condition affecting her development and health; to the extent that she would always require round the clock care. It quickly became clear to me there was a lack of appropriate support services available locally for families of children with special educational needs and disabilities. I felt very passionately that a proactive, early intervention service was required for families like mine, to help prevent them reaching crisis point.
Driven by this vision of what was needed, I set up Ruby’s Fund in 2008 and, following a huge community fundraising campaign, we became a registered charity.
In 2014 the vision became reality when we opened the doors to our fully inclusive sensory play centre and community café in Congleton. Since then, Ruby’s Fund has grown; providing a wealth of services and support both at our centre and across Cheshire East with our outreach programme and mobile sensory centre. We’ve always been affectionately known as Ruby’s by the families we support, so that’s what we now call ourselves.
Today our busy centre has a sensory room, community café, soft play, sensory garden, Siblings room, games room, therapy room and offices. We support children and families from all over Cheshire East.
Alison Parr, Founder and Operations and Impact Manager