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Surf Party With Santa

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On Sunday 30th July we tested the water with a Surf Party with Santa...

We had beach entertainment from Kevin Mangles and surfing fun with South Shields Surf School.  There was fun for all of the family and lots of precious memories to be made.  

Here are some of the comments we received...

The best day! Surfing with Santa at South Shields. A fantastic event ran by The Special Lioness charity and South Shields Surf School enabling children with disabilities and their siblings to experience surfing. They all absolutely loved it!

Thank you for a wonderful day, jack had a great time, and now wants to do surfing again xx

Thank you Claire and Amy and your families you are all amazing Ella had a fantastic time and loved surfing she also told Santa what she would like for Christmas.

Worth their weight in gold, all of them  It was such a fabulous day! Just lovely seeing the children and families having so much fun 

We had an amazing time. Thank you for having and being so accommodating with Joseph. This was our first event with yourselves and we loved it x

Absolutely amazing inspirational women. We loved today Thanks so much!!  xxx


What's New...

SEND Stars After School Stay & Play

  • After school club Mondays 4pm-6pm

  • Siblings are welcome

  • Safe space to enjoy activities and make new friends

  • Support from other parents and carers

  • Tuck shop available for drinks and snack (tea and coffee for adults)

This is an already established group ran by Melissa & Angela who volunteer their time each week to run this group and have done for the past year.  They both have personal experience with ASD and strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment for families to come together.

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Partnership Opportunity

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We are overwhelmed to have been chosen by BGL Insurance to support us this year with our growth plan.  They have dedicated a team of specialists to assist with our technology, PR, legal and much more.  This support is invaluable to us as a growing Charity and this truly is investment into The Special Lioness which comes down to peoples generosity with their time rather than financial.

Fundraising Opportunities

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The human nature of giving is one of the most powerful forces. At BGL, they harness the efforts of their staff and volunteers to positively impact the lives of those most in need of assistance. A team from BGL completed an astonishing 3 Peaks Challenge on behalf of The Special Lioness, raising an incredible £15k!!!  On top of this, the CSR Team included a one-off payment of £10k to top up our activity fund to enable us to bring the most precious events and activities to our precious families.

Thank You just doesn't seem enough.

The Mayor of Sunderland


We are extremely proud and honoured to support the Mayor of Sunderland as her chosen charity for her mayoral period 2023-2024 alongside the wonderful Hug in a Bag.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Councillor  Dorothy Trueman for her support and dedication in upcoming year.  Where possible she will be supporting us at our events and raising awareness and funds for both The Special Lioness and Hug in a Bag. 

We hope were you can you are able to support us in supporting the Mayor' efforts to raise awareness and funds.  If you would like to donate any prizes for the Mayors fundraising events please contact us at

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