UpsnDowns are excited to announce two very special guests for the next Annual Charity Sporting Dinner, Saturday 23rd March at Wicksteed Park Pavilion, Kettering.

This year, UpsnDowns welcomes two incredible sportsmen from the world of football and rugby union - Gordon Strachan (former Celtic and Scotland Manager and Manchester United legend) and Tom Wood (Northampton Saints and England International Rugby Union player).

This event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for UpsnDowns, last year we raised a total of £13,000.  It is an event that everyone talks about for a long time afterwards too! A fun night not to be missed.

Our Charity Dinner, together with all the other fundraising that takes place during the year AND the generous donations UpsnDowns receives, enables us to provide an amazing range of fully funded services to our members throughout the year. These services include 1-2-1 swimming lessons, speech therapy, occupational therapy, sing & sign sessions, training for teaching staff and more.

Tickets for the UpsnDowns Charity Sporting Dinner are £50. This includes a 3-course meal, drinks reception, wine on the table, LIVE music and a disco. On the night there will be a live auction and raffle with some fantastic prizes.

So, get your friends and family together and get your table booked. Don’t leave it too late.

Get in touch with Karen for tickets, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07817 735204.

Experience Days have very kindly donation  an experience gift certificate up to the value of £50 (or an open £50 certificate) or a 15% discount on any items from their website”

Massive thank you to all at Experience Days for this gift this will be used in our christmas raffle so if your intrested in wining this prize please get in touch

Local charity Ups ‘n’ Downs were delighted to welcome Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Danny Posthill to their 2017 Charity Dinner held at Wicksteed Park Pavilion on Saturday September 30th.

Danny’s hilarious impressions left an audience of more than 200 guests in stitches as he delivered a first class act that saw him get to the final of the ITV series in 2015.  Danny stayed on to the end of the evening, mixing with guests and keeping everyone superbly entertained.

The seventh annual dinner hosted by the charity was well supported by local business this year with estate agents Lane & Holmes and the county’s largest independent builders merchant Hevey contributing significantly to the total funds raised on the evening. 

Over £8,000 was made on the evening which will go a long way in underpinning the activities of the charity in their support of families affected by Downs Syndrome in Northamptonshire in 2018.

For further information about Ups ‘n’ Downs and the services it provides to members across the county, please contact the secretary, Karen Smith on 0777 1717 460.

As a Northamptonshire based Ironman triathlete I am taking on the challenge of my life by racing in the toughest foot race on the planet, as described by Discovery Channel, running 250km (156 miles) over six days across the Sahara Desert.

I am competing in The Marathon Des Sables  ( starting on 9th April 2017 to raise money for two local charities, UpsnDowns ( and The Travers Foundation (

Myachievements so far include cycling 625k from Pretoria to Durban, cycling with a group of local lads from John O’Groats toLands End via Northamptonshire, completing a Half and Full Ironman, doing an unsupported 500-mile cycle ride to the centre of France and running the London Marathon. I have played Rugby for  Northampton Saints and latterly at Kettering Rugby Club, where I was also their forwards and fitness coach for 10 years.

Please help me to raise as much money as possible for these two great charities,both of which are very important to me. I will put in the hours and hours of gruelling training and take on the challenge of the MDS if you will kindly make a donation.  

Thank you for your support.

Bruce Donald

We are delighted to announce that Riding for Ups 'n' Downs III will take place in September 2017, following another highly successful ride in 2016 which raised over £10,000 for this worthy local cause.

There will be both 50 and 100 mile routes which will be announced later in the Spring and will start and finish at Earls Barton Cricket Club.

More details including how to register will follow shortly but, for now, we hope that you will put this date in your diary and join this great annual event.