AN ORGANISATION coined the 'disability champions of Basingstoke' recently held its annual Christmas party for those it has supported throughout the year. 

Basingstoke & District Disability Forum (BDDF) offers support for anyone affected by disability within the Basingstoke and Deane community, including people with disabilities and their carers, fellow disability charities and local businesses looking to be accessible and inclusive.

On Friday, December 1, BDDF held its Christmas party for over a hundred individuals with disabilities and their carers at Popley Fields Community Centre.

Posting on social media after the event, BDDF said: "Huge thank you for the help from our volunteers including the very helpful young people from team 38 at the HIWFRS Prince's Trust Team Programme." 

Guests enjoyed entertainment, including Christmas music, at the event sponsored by EweMove Estate Agents in Basingstoke. 

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Basingstoke Gazette: Basingstoke and District Disability Forums annual Christmas partyBasingstoke and District Disability Forums annual Christmas party (Image: Sean Dillow)

Also in attendance were MP Maria Miller and the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr David Leeks. 

Speaking after the party, Dame Maria said: “As a patron of the Basingstoke & District Disability Forum, it was an honour to attend their annual Christmas Party held at Popley Fields Community Centre.

"A great opportunity to meet so many old friends and to support the important work of the BDDF.”

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BDDF aims to promote both visible and non-visible disabilities providing information and awareness by bringing people together. Members can access free activities such as yoga to help aid mobility.

To become a member is free, and anyone impacted by disability can join, including people with disabilities, family and carers.

More information on the group can be found at