Sugar Loaf Inn’s family fun weekend boosts SKIDZ

May 27, 2015: A family fun festival at the Sugar Loaf Inn in Little Chalfont over the May Bank Holiday weekend (May 23-25) raised £600 for motor project charity SKIDZ.

The popular pub/restaurant held a beer festival over all three days with a packed programme of events for all the family to enjoy including a karaoke and disco on Saturday evening and a live band on Sunday evening. Throughout the weekend children could play on a bouncy castle and tuck into popcorn and candyfloss making machines.

On Saturday Buckinghamshire Fire Service brought along one of their fire engines which proved a big draw for families and the following day steam engines were on display. A raffle and a sponsored pool tournament on Sunday were also well supported.

The family fun festival was the idea of Landlord Valter Nazzaroli and one of his regular customers Mrs Sam Butcher. Mr Nazzaroli said: “It was a fabulous weekend with a great atmosphere. I would like to thank everyone who came along and supported this excellent cause. I hope they all had as much fun as we did.”

Since it was set up in 1997 SKIDZ has steered over 8,000 youngsters to a brighter future across the region. Their courses were originally designed to focus on disadvantaged, disengaged and disaffected 13-16 year olds whom it sought to re-connect with mainstream education via motor vehicle studies delivered in an adult environment.

However, the charity’s results have been so successful that SKIDZ has extended its range of courses to allow local schools, colleges and adults to access a variety of specialist courses. These include NVQ studies with programmes for 16 to 19-year-olds, dedicated courses for girls and courses for older candidates.

Mr Nazzaroli’s 15-year-old son Marco is one of around 40 young people who have enrolled on the 2015/16 SKIDZ’ IMI Level 1 motor vehicle maintenance and repair course which starts in September. There is still some limited availability on this course and more information can be found on the SKIDZ website at www.skidz.org.uk.

SKIDZ CEO Graham Andrews said: “We are very grateful to Mr Nazzaroli and the customers of the Sugar Loaf for their sterling efforts to raise funds for SKIDZ. It was great that the weekend was so successful.”

Visit www.SKIDZ.org.uk to find out more about SKIDZ’ work and how you can help SKIDZ to help young people or call 01494 550008. Contact CEO Graham Andrews (Graham@skidz.org.uk); Head of Fundraising Emma-Louise Singh (emma-louise@skidz.org.uk)

Published: 27/05/2015