04 Apr 2014

Marathon runner helps Pegasus Playscheme spread their wings

Pegasus Playscheme 

Scarlet Isaacson knows a thing or two about giving back to the community. She has volunteered for Pegasus Playscheme, a charity offering summer activities for children with disabilities, since she was 14 years old.

Later this month Scarlet will be running in the 34th London marathon to raise funds that are urgently needed to ensure the charity’s survival.

Giving children wings to fly

Based in Dover, Pegasus Playscheme is a unique voluntary-led charity that sees local teenage volunteers providing 1-2-1 support for children with disabilities.

The charity aims to improve “quality of life and opportunity through integration and play”, through sports, exercise and social outings.

Children also have the opportunity to take part in an annual three-week summer playscheme, supported by teenage volunteers, like Scarlet. Here the children are able to meet new people, make friends and experience a wide variety of fun and risk-taking activities in a safe environment.

To see it fail is not an option

For Scarlet, to run the London is her opportunity to give something back. She said: “So many lives have been changed by Pegasus. To see it fail is not an option.” She also cites her one- year old daughter, Anastasia as her inspiration to give something back to the local community.

Sue Clark, chair of Pegasus Playscheme, said: “We need £70,000 to run and are nowhere near the target. This year has been particularly tough. We chose MyDonate because we have a BT community web kit and it is all so user-friendly. We wanted to keep it all together. Once we set it all up BT collects gift aid for us, and it helps us run a professional tool for fundraising.”

She adds: “We are only very small and our followers live far and wide. Without this added funding tool we would have difficulty collecting money.”

You can donate to Scarlet’s fundraising page.

Find out more about Pegasus Playscheme and how they support children with a variety of disabilities.

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