A well-recognised TV personality has become the latest patron of a charity which supports disabled children in Basingstoke.

Sally Phillips, best known for her work on Smack the Pony, has signed up as a patron of the charity Challengers.

The charity run schemes in Basingstoke for disabled children and young people aged between 4 - 25 years, on Saturdays and during school holidays.

Challengers provides play and leisure schemes for disabled children and young people from across the south east.

Sally had been involved with the charity for a while and came to speak at a Challengers Business Club event back in February of last year and met with a group of parent ambassadors who talked about their children that use Challengers and swapped stories of what it can be like to be a parent of a disabled child.

Afterwards, Sally spoke to the packed room of Business Club members about her career in television and film industry, and told hilarious anecdotes from her experiences as well as the balance between her career and family life.

On becoming a patron she said: ““I had known of Challengers for a few years and decided to become a patron in 2017 after being invited to speak at an event at one of their youth centres.

“I saw their facilities and spoke to other parents about their experiences and how Challengers has had such an impact on their children’s lives, children just like my son Olly. I am proud to be involved with Challengers and be a patron for this wonderful charity.”