Fashionable fundraising at Bolton Ladies Lunch

Our 2017 Ladies Lunch event at Bolton Whites hotel went with a bang on the 2nd November – raising a fantastic £9000 for our charity! On arrival guests were treated to a glass of bubbly, thanks to Capstone Wealth Management.

A delicious lunch was accompanied by models showing off some stunning fashions whilst diners were also treated to some retail therapy with an array of shops at the pop-up boutique area.

Guest speaker – the award-winning artist Susan Gunn – gave guests a ‘Picture of her life’ talking about how her life moved from being a former beauty queen to an international artist.

A fantastic raffle saw some lucky guests walk away with a number of  prizes – including a Ted Baker leather bag.

Thank you to all who attended and supported our charity. Please see below a gallery of pictures from the event, courtesy of Ania Pankiewicz photography.

We need your vote!

We are in with a chance of securing significant funding of up to £25,000, but need your votes to help make it happen!

We have been nominated to receive a grant from the Aviva Community Fund by Chester-based Risk Services (NW) Ltd for our ‘Going Places’ project which aims to help change the lives of young people with disabilities by making education more accessible through the provision of specialised equipment.

This funding will mean we can provide a minimum of 20 grants over the course of the year to increase access to more inclusive education for more children and young people with the added benefit of more social inclusion. Children Today chief executive Ben Partridge comments:

“Mobility is essential to the development of capacity and independence and young people with disabilities need mobility to access training, further education and employment. We receive many applications from young people who cannot access further education or jobs because their wheelchairs are beyond repair and they don’t have the same eligibility for financial support when they reach 18 year old. We also hear from the parents of children who are unable to get around their schools or can’t get their wheelchairs under a desk.

“We believe education should be accessible to all and if we were awarded an Aviva Community Foundation grant it would enable us to fund more children and young people to meet their full potential, helping them to ‘go places’.”

Steve Lowe, Managing Director of Risk Services, said: “We are very excited to back such an exciting campaign as Children Today’s ‘Going Places’ project. There is strong competition from good causes across the UK for these grants and every application is subjected to rigorous scrutiny so we urge residents and businesses from across the region to show their support by just taking a minute to vote.”

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can submit ten votes until November 21.

It just takes a minute to vote but could make all the difference to our application – just click here Thank you!

Super amount raised at Superhero event!

Thanks to your support, our Meet the Superheroes event at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm raised a fantastic £1800!

Captain America, Batman and more entertained the children at the event – Batman was even dunked with twelve buckets of water to help us raise as much money as possible. Thank you to everyone that attended and supported our event.

You can view some of the pictures here! With thanks to Howard Dutton Photography. 





Ladies Lunch Bolton – 2nd Nov 2017

Join us on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at The Platinum Suite, Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Macron Stadium BL6 6JW for our special Ladies Luncheon event.

Stalls open at 11.30am.

Guest speaker is award-winning artist Susan Gunn who will be giving guests a “Picture of her Life”.

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, sponsored by Capstone Wealth Management, whilst you browse the latest designs in our pop-up boutique shopping area. After some retail therapy you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch.

Proceeds from this event will go to our charity to help provide more grants for specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities to give them the best quality of life.

£35 per person. Advance booking required.

To book call Liz on 07990 510 325 or email

Ex-flower show staging for sale!

Award-winning prop for sale!

A very kind green-fingered benefactor is looking to sell a beautiful ‘ruin’ prop (painted and made of polystyrene) that was recently used in an award-winning display garden at the Southport Flower Show with a donation going to our charity.

The “ruin” has actually a wooden frame and is cladded with polystyrene “stone blocks”. Hence unfortunately it is not suitable for outdoor use.

It comes apart in manageable and transportable blocks but will need a van size vehicle and will need to be collected. We do have two construction guys who are happy to put it together at it’s final site for you provided that’s not too far away from Bolton, and touch up all the paintwork (as sadly polystyrene doesn’t like being transported very much!).

Please share to wedding organisers, event managers, film or TV prop researchers or whoever you think would be interested in snapping this up! If you would like to make an offer for it please contact Glenda on (ideally she would like a donation of at least £100 for the charity). Collection only.

Picture of the prop is visible here along with the dimensions  but for more information contact Emma on 01244 335622.

Rain doesn’t stop play at our circus-themed family fun day!

Did you join us at our circus-themed family funday in Ellesmere Port on the 9th September?!

The event, held at Whitby Park, saw families brave the bad weather conditions in the morning to enjoy a variety of circus-themed activities including fun comedy circus shows hosted in a Big Top. Kids were also able to try out juggling, plate spinning and lots more at circus skills training workshops throughout the day.

As the day started to brighten up there were displays from Ellesmere Port street dance team Dynamite Dance studios and a spectacular performance from fire-eater and studio owner John Pemberton!

Regional fundraising manager Paula Hanford comments: “This was a very special event to help us raise much-needed funds so that we can support even more children and young people. We were worried that the bad weather would stop people from coming out so want to thank everyone that braved the rain to support us as well as our fantastic sponsors Aviva and Essar that helped this event raise £7000.”

Here are some pictures from the event:

Our next Cheshire event is a Meet the Superheroes Family funday at Cheshire Ice Cream farm in Tattenhall on the 30th September from 11am to 4pm where children can meet some of their favourite characters including Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Supergirl and Batman at the popular family venue. We hope to see you there!

Superyum! Join our Meet the Superheroes event at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm!

One of the top twenty most visited attractions in Britain is hosting one of our special ‘Meet the Superheroes’ events this September!

Join us at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm on Newton Lane, Tattenhall CH3 9NE on Saturday 30th September from 11am to 4pm where little ones can meet a number of their favourite characters including Batman, Elsa, Captain America and lots more. Just £2 a time.

Plus there’s also a tombola with lots of fun prizes to win – and with free entry to the Ice Cream farm just outside Chester you can meet the farm animals whilst also visiting the fun ‘Daisy’s Garden’ playground. Little adventurers can even have a go on some of the farm’s ‘pay and play’ activities including the ‘Silvercone’ racetrack or Europe’s largest sand and water play area, Honeycomb Canyon!

With tens of delicious flavours of ice cream available to buy from Turkish Delight to Lemon Meringue – this is sure to be a delicious day out for all the family! Find out more about Cheshire Ice Cream farm here.

All proceeds from the Meet the Superheroes event will come to Children Today to support our work in helping children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 25 – so you can help change lives whilst having some (tasty!) fun!








Hope gets to give her twin a lift with new trike!

Hope aged 6

Hope, who has Apert Syndrome, was unable to ride a bike previously due to her condition as she has severely deformed hands and feet. Adaptations on this special trike mean that Hope can pedal backwards instead of using the handles to brake, so she can now join her twin brother and older sister on family bike rides for the first time.

Hope’s mum Claire applied to us for funding as the family would have been unable to buy Hope’s trike without additional support. We provided a grant for the full amount of £1200 with Claire saying the timing of donation was ‘fantastic’ as it was getting harder for the family to go out together.

Hope’s mum Claire told us:

“As well as riding the trike herself, Hope can also be pushed along by her parents on it. Claire adds: “The trike is helping develop her muscles and improve her physical wellbeing as she is doing more exercise, yet when she gets tired we can push her for a while. Hope is not in pain as often and she is incredibly proud to be riding her ‘big girls bike’ as she calls it.

This really has been a game changer for our family.”

Watch a video of Hope on her bike here:

Afternoon Tea event is a sweet success!

Our afternoon tea hosted at Bridge House in Bolton on Thursday August 24th was a sweet success, raising just under £1,000! Guests enjoyed bucks fizz on arrival as well as a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and sweet treats whilst enjoying the stunning gardens of Bridge House.

Here are a selection of pictures from the special event:


New wheelchair gives lease of life to 6-year-old Dominik.

A six-year-old boy from Warrington with cerebral palsy has been awarded a new wheelchair thanks to the support of Children Today.

Dominik was diagnosed with the chronic neuromuscular condition Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy which means he has a significantly reduced range of movement due to the stiffness of his muscle tone. This also means he has posture problems and can sadly be in considerable pain with his muscles often going into spasm.

His old wheelchair was not providing the support required to hold him up, which could not only have been very dangerous but was also affecting Dominik’s psychological wellbeing. As the chair was not fitted to his body it was also uncomfortable for him, especially as he was often spending a few hours in the wheelchair every day.

Dominik’s Physiotherapist recommended the ‘Kudu’ manual wheelchair to provide the right fit and support and help improve his overall level of mobility. Adaptations on the wheelchair mean that Dominik’s head is supported when resting and it has extra straps to stop his lower limbs from strengthening during spasm, keeping him safe and secure.

Dominik’s dad Eli comments: “The wheelchair was going to cost over £2,500 which was way more than we would have been able to afford so we had to reach out to charities to see if there was any way we could get funding for the equipment Dominik so desperately needed.”

Eli applied to a number of charities and was awarded funding from the Chester-based charity Children Today and the Variety club, with the new wheelchair delivered earlier this year. Eli continues:

“I can’t explain just how positive an impact this wheelchair has made to Dominik’s life. He wasn’t comfortable in his old wheelchair and he would often bump his head when moving around. Now he’s a lot more stable as he’s fully supported so he’s not having to hold himself up so much, this means he’s a lot less tired and is able to sit for longer without being in pain. He can also focus on other things and be a lot more relaxed as he’s not worried about falling or slipping down.

“The wheelchair has also been great for his social wellbeing as he’s able to spend more time in school now and can even get his lunch in school for the first time which is great for him to be able to spend more time with his friends.”