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Lots of Boccia fun!

June 11th, 2022

We had a fantastic afternoon of Boccia fun today!

 

Thank you so much to coach, Bob, for delivering a great afternoon for us!

Everyone enjoyed it so much that we’re hoping to run regular CP Teens UK Boccia sessions!

 

Watch this space…

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a busy night online

June 8th, 2022

A busy evening online for CP Teens UK!

First of all, we had Chit & Chat. Another hour chatting away - new wheelchairs, TikTok's latest viral trend 'Binley Mega Chippy', and Eva Abley - Britain's Got Talent Finalist. Everyone loved Eva and we'd love her to join Chit & Chat some time! What do you think Eva?!

Then we had the first in a three part workshop series in partnership with LiveYou - 'Care Funding & Your Rights'. A great, informative session providing key information enabling young disabled adults to get the best possible independence.

Next stop, Boccia on Saturday!

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Adrian completes his challenge!

May 23rd, 2022

HE DID IT!

You may remember Adrian who has Cerebral Palsy and decided on the mammoth challenge to climb a mountain in aid of CP Teens UK...

Adrian completed this back-breaking, massive, inspiring challenge last week!

On completing the humungous challenge, Adrian said, "On my JustGiving we have raised a grand total of £600. That is 171% of my target of £350! But, it was not all plain sailing...

At the start of the challenge I was walking at a blistering pace. At that point I felt like I could do it and I felt I was up to the challenge. I got into a really good PMA (positive mental Adchude!).

Then, as we where approaching the halfway point of the challenge, I felt like quitting. I was starting to run out of steam because we saw how much further we had to go. But I kept going because I remembered that I was doing this all for CP Teens UK...and my guitar!

The second half of my challenge was tough because of the challenging terrain. It was rocky and very steep. I had to scramble, but I kept going because I remembered that my prize was my dream guitar.

It was hard getting to the top but it was an absolutely amazing feeling after 4 and a half hours of strenuous climbing. In total it took me six-and-a-half hours to complete the challenge!"

Wow! Incredible stuff!

Thank you SO, SO much Adrian!

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Pizza kits on the road!

May 19th, 2022

UK-wide CP Teens UK pizza delivery in process today!

From Glasgow to Plymouth, youngsters who signed up for tomorrow's CP Teens UK Pizza Night are receiving delivery of their pizza kits today! The fresh kits, which will be delivered in a cool box, contain:

2 Dough Balls

Fresh Basil

Tomato Sauce

Fior De Latte Mozzarella

'00' Flour

Parmesan

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

We can't wait to see everyone's pizzas tomorrow night!

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Another Chit & Chat!

May 18th, 2022

A busy Chit & Chat this evening!

It's exam season, so lots of our youngsters are revising hard! As always, we chatted away about a range of things including PGL trips, para athletics, and using a scribe in exams - it's so hard having to verbalise everything you want to get down, including full stops & commas!

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 8th June 2022, 5-6pm GMT

Register on the EVENTS page (no need to re-register if you've already signed up for/joined us in this current block)

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LiveYou sponsor the 2022 Disco

May 13th, 2022

We're delighted to announce LiveYou as our sponsors for the disco at the 2022 CP Teens UK Ball!

It's time to get your dancing shoes ready!

Have you got your tickets yet? They're going FAST! Full information & tickets HERE

A big thank you to LiveYou - a user-led organisation that enable those with physical disabilities to live life without limits by removing barriers and turning, what would ordinarily be disadvantages, into advantages.

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Interested in sponsorship packages for the 2022 CP Teens UK Ball? Please email ellie@cpteensuk.org

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25 wonderful things for abbie

May 11th, 2022

One of our regular 'Chit & Chatters', Abbie, has her own blog.

Abbie is soon turning 25-years-old and she has written a post to mark her 25th birthday - '25 Amazing Memories & Achievements as I turn 25'.

From skiing to moving away to college, Abbie talks about her 'top 25' in life so far.

READ HERE: https://abbiesmart.blogspot.com/.../25-amazing-memories...

Happy birthday too Abbie for later this month!

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Chit & Chat is back for block 2

May 5th, 2022

Chit & Chat was back last night!

As ever, fun, laughs and lots of chat! From Florida holidays, to favourite theme park rides, school residentials and looking forward to the summer after University exams, we chatted away. And, we have a very important question for Bear Grylls... will you join one of our Chit & Chat sessions one day please?!

One of our regular 'Chit & Chatters', Nathan, was awarded a Gallantry Medal from Bear Grylls himself, the Chief Scout! Nathan was given the award in recognition of his courage, determination and resilience.

Please Bear Grylls, please!

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 18th May 2022, 5-6pm

Register on the EVENTS page (no need to re-register if you have already registered/joined us in this block)

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The sPONSORED WOBBLE IS BACK!

May 3rd, 2022

It's back! The famous CP Teens UK Sponsored Wobble!

Come and 'wobble' with CP Teens UK! Walk, 'wobble' or wheel - accessible 5k route through Chatsworth Park. Do it your way, achieve something new and make friends! A great day out for everyone in the beautiful surroundings of Chatsworth.

All mobility aids welcome.

 

Saturday 24th September 2022, Chatsworth, Derbyshire.

 

Start: 2pm All details, start, route etc. given after registration.

 

Medals for all 'CP Teens'.

 

Prize for the individual who raises the most.

 

FREE personalised t-shirt for everyone who raises over £75.

 

Raffle with exciting prize.

 

Disclaimers are required to be signed by ALL participants prior to the event. These will be sent out via email. No disclaimer = no participation.

 

Everyone welcome! Bring all your friends & family! Dogs welcome.

Registration on the EVENTS page.

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Matt has done it in 2 hours, 30 mins

May 1st, 2022

Matt has finished the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon in 2 hours, 30 minutes!

Matt said, "It was hillier than I thought, so I was slower than I’ve done for a long time, but I'm pleased to have done it for CP Teens UK!"

Amazing achievement Matt, and thank you SO, SO much!

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Go Matt, go! half marathon Matt

May 1st, 2022

Matt is out running for CP Teens UK this morning in the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon!

Matt, who has Quadriplegic Dystonia (similar to Cerebral Palsy), uses a Frame Runner - a three-wheeled frame, which resembles a tricycle without pedals. A Frame Runner has a chest plate and a seat, which takes the person's/athlete's weight enabling them to freely move their legs allowing them to run. Frame Runners are for people and athletes with physical disabilities resulting in balance, coordination and mobility issues, such as Cerebral Palsy.

You may remember Matt entered the history books last year when he was the first ever person to run the famous London Marathon on a Frame Runner!

Best of luck Matt, and a massive thank you! You are amazing and such a positive role model proving that anything is possible!

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Chit & Chat is back!

April 30th, 2022

CHIT & CHAT IS BACK ON WEDNESDAY!

One of our most popular initiatives is back for our second block this year (May-July 2022)! This block will run until the school summer holidays.

Online informal, interactive and fun social sessions! Meet and chat with like-minded youngsters from the comfort of your own home and in a supportive, safe space.

Fortnightly - Wednesdays, 5-6pm GMT

 

Register on the EVENTS page

 

Under-18's must have a parent/carer present in the room.

Maximum age limit - 25-years. Recommended minimum age - 11-years.

 

Chat box feature available for non-verbal participants/participants who struggle with speech or prefer to use written communication.

 

Participants very welcome to just sit & listen if they wish.

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Thank you to Bobath!

April 21st, 2022

A massive thank you to The National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre for hosting a fantastic afternoon of fun today!

Lots of fun was had with dancing, chatting, food, a nail bar & a quiz - it was neck and neck with the 'ones' and 'twos' with Team One taking the win!

A big thank you to The Bobath Centre for hosting and for being so welcoming, and a special thank you to Maddy, Carol, Helen & Yolly!

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Pizza Night is back for 2022

April 12th, 2022

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore!

Pizza Night is back for 2022! Join in with the FREE CP Teens UK Virtual Pizza Night on Friday 20th May 2022!

We will send you a FREE pizza kit to create & make your own pizzas! Kits make 2 pizzas (10-12 inches) and contain:

2 Dough Balls

Fresh Basil

Tomato Sauce

Fior De Latte Mozzarella

'00' Flour

Parmesan

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

You buy your own toppings.

Vegan kits available on request.

 

Prizes:

- Most Luxurious Pizza

- Most Imaginative Pizza

 

T&C's apply. All info & registration on the EVENTS page.

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Your Life, your way

April 11th, 2022

Get informed and live your life your way with our upcoming informative online workshops in partnership with LiveYou!

 

Navigating the transition into adulthood, being independent, securing funding/PA's, going to University etc... it can all be one big overwhelming nightmare!

 

WEDNESDAY 8TH JUNE - Care Funding & Your Rights

 

MONDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER - Getting the Best University Experience

 

MONDAY 7TH NOVEMBER - PA Recruitment & Managing the Relationship

 

All 7pm GMT, online.

FREE.

Parents welcome.

 

Register (for each one individually) on the EVENTS page.

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CP Teens UK & LiveYou

March 31st, 2022

Navigating the transition into adulthood, being independent, securing funding/PA's, going to University etc... it can all be one big overwhelming nightmare!

We're excited to announce that CP Teens UK has partnered with LiveYou! LiveYou’s mission is to enable those with physical disabilities to live life without limits by removing barriers and turning, what would ordinarily be disadvantages, into advantages. They are a user-led organisation and specialise in helping young adults.

LiveYou's Founder, Daniel Reed, has Cerebral Palsy. When he went to University, Daniel realised that having a great relationship with a PA unlocked many doors whilst being a more enjoyable experience for both parties. This dynamic allowed Daniel to grow in confidence, establish a strong friendship group, travel the world and, ultimately, meet a partner.

Daniel believes that many disabled people could live much more freely and independently if they are given the right support at an early stage of adulthood. This is why Daniel founded LiveYou, to create these opportunities for other disabled people.

We're very excited to be working with LiveYou to promote and to help young disabled people to be independent and be in control of their own lives.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for more on this partnership & joint initiatives soon!

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Adrian's mountain challenge

March 22nd, 2022

ADRIAN'S MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE FOR CP TEENS UK!

Adrian has Cerebral Palsy and is taking on a mammoth challenge for CP Teens UK - he is climbing a mountain!

Adrian says, "I am going to climb a mountain! This is extremely difficult for people with Cerebral Palsy, but I want to prove that I can do it, and show other people that they can do it and overcome challenges and barriers too.

I have started training by climbing up Almscliffe Crag, a mini-mountain, and Ilkley Moor."

 

Adrian finds walking and balance difficult due to his Cerebral Palsy. He says, "For me, I find walking and balancing harder due to the tightness in my muscles. I stumbled upon CP Teens UK. When I found the website, I got hooked on the idea of raising money for them to help other kids with cerebral palsy. Rather than raising money for my guitar I have set my sights on raising at least £200 for CP Teens UK instead."

We can't wait to follow Adrian's incredible challenge and thank you so much!

You can sponsor Adrian here: https://www.justgiving.com/.../adriansclimbamountainchall...

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Sunshine in Sheffield!

March 19th, 2022

Wow! What a glorious day in the warm spring sunshine in Sheffield today at the CP Teens UK ‘Have A Go’ Day! Everyone had so much fun having a go at a range of disability & para sports, as well as connecting with both old & new friends.

 

A special thank you to all of our coaches/deliverers and volunteers who put in some fair miles between them to be in Sheffield today.

 

Thank you to Mobiloo for coming along and making it a breeze for everyone!

A big thank you to Sport England for funding today in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport, WheelPower, LimbPower & Dwarf Sports Association UK.

“My daughter has just had the best of days, she’s tried everything and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and how accessible it has been. Thank you CP Teens UK!”

“What a fantastic day, as a family we’ve had a great day with our eldest son at the centre of it rather than having to sit on the sidelines. Thank you!”

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Boccia Taster/ Talent Day

March 16th, 2022

NEW EVENT JUST ADDED!

Come and try the fully inclusive sport of Boccia!

Whether you're just looking to start something new, make friends, or if you're even looking to start an elite Paralympic career, come and join us on Saturday 11th June 2022.

Register: EVENTS page

The Community HUB, Technique Stadium, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ.

Ample disabled parking right outside.

Fully accessible.

Changing Places facility

12-4pm. Depending upon numbers, slots might be allocated.

FREE to attend.

Cafe on site.

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Windows or doors?!

March 9th, 2022

Lots of lovely faces, new & old regulars, again this evening on Chit & Chat!

"Are there more wheels or doors in the world?" - we're full of weird but wonderful conversations... we settled on doors!

Another lovely, fun, interactive hour.

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 23rd March 2022, 5-6pm.

Register on the EVENTS page (no need to re-register if you've already joined in this block/registered for this block)

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Thank you TK Maxx & Homesense

March 3rd, 2022

A massive thank you to The TK Maxx and Homesense Foundation, who have donated £500 to CP Teens UK, as part of the Community Fund!

The Community Fund gives the opportunity to TJX associates (TK Maxx and Homesense associates) to apply for a grant to a local charity that is close to their hearts.

Thank you so much!

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The fire service pays a visit

March 2nd, 2022

A massive thank you to Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service who are supporting us to formulate evacuation plans for our events, as well as supporting us to formulate Personal Evacuation Plans for our annual Ball.

Our fun has to be safe! Thank you to Andrew and James for coming down today.

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March 1st, 2022

MARCH IS CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS MONTH!

Throughout the month we will be sharing facts, figures, stories & quotes on CP Teens UK official social media to mark Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.

Did you know that in the UK, 1 in 400 people are born with Cerebral Palsy? This makes it not so rare at all, in fact it is the most common physical disability!

 

Did you know that Cerebral Palsy is more common among boys than girls? For every 100 girls with Cerebral Palsy, there are 135 boys.

 

Did you know that no two people with Cerebral Palsy are affected in the same way? ‘Cerebral Palsy’ is an umbrella term that describes brain damage to a certain part of the brain causing physical disability prior to or during birth, or during infancy.

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Girls, girls, girls!

February 23rd, 2022

Girls, girls, girls!

Another all-girls night on Chit & Chat this evening!

Storm Eunice, headphones, Disney, songs with strange lyrics... as always, varied, fun conversation!

NEXT SESSION: Wednesday 9th March 2022, 5-6pm GMT

REGISTER: on the Events page (no need to re-register if you are already registered for this current block)

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Dream with Beth, Paralympian

February 20th, 2022

You may remember Beth Moulam as our 2021 Andrew Longden ‘Hero of Disability’ Award winner. Beth has a fantastic opportunity coming up - a free online Dreams Can Come True workshop!

Beth, who shone brightly to the judges of the 2021 Andrew Longden Award, believes dreaming, whether awake or asleep, comes from a place deep inside us, sparking a desire to achieve something special in life.

Beth, as a lifelong dreamer, will share her lived experiences and resources on how she has made her own dreams a reality, including becoming a Paralympian. Bring a dream of your own and be guided during the session to make your own dreams into actionable goals.

This online workshop is part of York's International Woman's Week.

Saturday 5th March 2022, 2:30-4:00pm GMT.

 

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../dreams-can-come-true...

 

Find out more about Beth: www.bethmoulam.com

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Under-18’s MUST be accompanied by an adult.

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CP Teens UK & Bobath

February 16th, 2022

We are delighted to announce that we have partnered up with National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre to bring you a fantastic afternoon of fun at the national centre in Watford!

This event will consist of inclusive dance, food & drink, a nail bar, a quiz and games.

 

Thursday 21st April 2022 (school holidays)

12:00-2:00 pm

Food/refreshments included.

 

FREE to attend, but refundable deposit required to secure your place (paid after you have registered)

 

LIMITED spaces available.

REGISTER: Events page

The Bobath Centre,

Regal Way,

Watford

WD24 4YE

ALL under-18's and those requiring support MUST attend with a parent/carer/PA.

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Sophie to attend 'Have A Go' Day!

February 14th, 2022

BIG NEWS!

Sophie Christiansen CBE will be attending our 'Have A Go' Day in Sheffield on Saturday 19th March 2022!

Mobiloo will also be attending! Making it easier and stress free for all participants and families

REGISTER: Events page. You must register in advance to attend.

ALL physical disabilities welcome.

Minimum age 8-years, no maximum age.

All participants receive a free t-shirt, medal & certificate.

 

This event is in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport, WheelPower, LimbPower & Dwarf Sports Association UK. It is funded by Sport England.

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Change of Location!

February 13th, 2022

To accommodate people who have expressed an interest in coming but were finding it tricky to get to Chesterfield, we have now changed the Social Drop-In on Sunday 27th Feb to SHEFFIELD!

 

- Venue fully accessible

- 4 accessible toilets on site

- 4 Changing Places facilities within walking distance

- City Centre location, very close to the train station

Exact location given once you have registered for safeguarding reasons.

REGISTER: EVENTS page

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Positive Thinking with Stephen

February 6th, 2022

Thank you so much to Stephen Miller MBE for delivering 'Positive Thinking' for CP Teens UK this morning.

 

Engaging, thought provoking & uplifting. We highly recommend. Whether you're able-bodied or have a disability, Stephen's messages are so important, help you to 'press your reset button' and challenge negativity.

Stephen challenged our youngsters to turnaround negative thoughts and adopt positive processes in life situations. It was uplifting, engaging & thought provoking. Stephen is such a positive role model.

Thank you so much Stephen!

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Back to it in Sheffield!

January 30th, 2022

We had a lovely day in Sheffield yesterday bowling & lunching!

It was so nice to be back together in person with both old faces & new. Everyone had a great time, laughing, chatting and having fun.

We have received some amazing feedback - thank you so much!

Keep your eyes peeled for more socials released soon.

 

A special thank you goes to Frankie & Benny's Valley Centretainment Sheffield, in particular server Lubo, who was so accommodating and lovely - he encouraged our youngsters to order their own food if they wanted to but didn't usually feel confident enough to do so, asked each youngster if they required a straw, and spoke directly to all of our young people instead of their +1.

PHOTOS - Darron Vine (can be found in the GALLERY)

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CP Teens UK Social drop-in

January 24th, 2022

Coffee? Lunch? A snack? A cocktail?!

CP TEENS UK SOCIAL DROP-IN

Informal & fun! Whether it's for a coffee, a bite to eat or even a cocktail/mocktail, drop-in for a chat & social time!

Sunday 27th February 2022.

1-4pm.

Chesterfield (exact location given to those registered)

Register on the EVENTS page.

This is a drop-in event, i.e. turn up on your terms when you want, for however long you wish. However, we do ask you to register - this gives us a rough indication on numbers, and for safeguarding purposes we will not be publishing the exact location & will only be giving it to those registered.

Venue is accessible with disabled toilet.

 

ALL under-18's and/or those requiring support MUST be accompanied by a parent/carer/PA.

 

Friends/family of person with CP/physical disability very welcome.

 

If successful, we will look at providing drop-ins in other towns & cities in 2022

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Students think about futures

January 20h, 2022

A massive thank you to CP Teens UK Ambassadors, Matt & Cat, who this afternoon have supported a virtual session to students at a school in the south of England!

All of the students had Cerebral Palsy and the session was about thinking about options beyond school and the future.

Students heard from Ellie, Matt & Cat sharing first-hand experiences and stories.

Thank you to our Ambassadors and the students!

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Chit & Chat is back

January 20h, 2022

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - CHIT & CHAT!

Block 1 of 2022 (Jan through until Easter) - fortnightly, Wednesdays, 5-6pm GMT. Starting on Wednesday 26th January.

Register on the EVENTS page.

One of our most popular initiatives - online informal, interactive and fun social sessions! Meet and chat with like-minded youngsters from the comfort of your own home and in a supportive, safe space.

Under-18's must have a parent/carer present in the room.

Maximum age limit - 25-years.

Recommended minimum age - 11-years.

Chat box feature available for non-verbal participants/participants who struggle with speech or prefer to use written communication.

Participants very welcome to just sit & listen if they wish.

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Georgia joins the Sheffield social

January 12th, 2022

Have you signed up for our first Social of 2022?!

We're delighted to announce that CP Teens UK Ambassador and Founder of Not So Terrible Palsy, Georgia Vine, will be joining us!

Saturday 29th January 2022

Sheffield

Register on the EVENTS page.

Bowling is FREE and each 'CP Teen' can claim back up to £25 for their and a +1's food, drink & travel costs.

Exact location/times confirmed after registering.

ALL under-18's and/or those requiring support MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT/CARER/PA.

Deadline to register: 15th January 2022, midday.

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Refundable Deposits

January 11th, 2022

We have been asked about why we require refundable deposits recently. Our refundable deposit policy applies to the majority of our un-ticketed events & activities. Here's why...

 

WHY DO WE NEED TO PAY A REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT?

At CP Teens UK, wherever possible we like to make our events & activities either free or at a reduced cost from the full amount. Unfortunately, by making an event or activity free or a reduced cost, we occasionally