Restaurant’s festive donation to us!

Chester restaurant Las Iguanas has partnered with the toy shop The Entertainer to donate a £600 voucher for the well-known toy shop to our charity, as part of their ‘Christmas Present Fund’.

Matt Ballard (second right) of Las Iguanas presents the voucher to some of the Children Today team.

Las Iguanas restaurants across the UK all pick a chosen, local charity to support with their festive campaign which sees the restaurant group donate £5 for each large party booking of over 10 people that order from the Christmas menu over the festive season. The Entertainer also matches the donation to double the amount donated to the charity.

This is the first year that we have been lucky enough to be selected by the Latin American Restaurant and Bar on Pepper Street as their chosen, local charity and our office in Chester was recently visited by General Manager of the restaurant Matt Ballard who presented the voucher to some of the charity’s employees.

Grants Liaison Officer Laura Oldfield comments: “We are delighted to have been chosen this year by Las Iguanas to receive the ‘Christmas Present Fund’ voucher for The Entertainer and know this donation will help support the work we do to change the lives of children and young people with disabilities.”

 

General Manager Matt Ballard comments: “The charity Children Today really does make a difference to so many people’s lives so when we were looking for a local charity they were a natural choice for us and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to support the great work they do through the provision of this voucher.”

The Las Iguanas Community ‘Christmas Present Fund’ with the support of The Entertainer has delivered over £100,000 of toys to children’s charities across the UK since its inception.

Thank you to the teams at Las Iguanas and The Entertainer for supporting us!

Impressive TTA support for Children Today!

On behalf of the TTA, company secretary Kay Porter recently presented a cheque for over £2,600 to Ben Partridge, CEO of Children Today. This is the TTA’s nominated charity, for which the Association has now raised nearly £74,000 since it started its support. Most of this year’s money was raised at a special charity “bingo” which was held at the start of the 2017 TTA Awards back in May.

Children Today provides funds for specialised equipment which can totally change the lives of disabled children and young people. The charity helps many disabled children and young people up to the age of 25 enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with the specialised equipment they need to live their lives to the full potential.

Our charity relies entirely on voluntary donations so the money raised by the TTA Awards will help us give this vital equipment to many more children making an enormous difference, really changing children’s lives and that of their families.

Ben Partridge, CEO of Children Today comments: “To have the support of an organisation like the TTA since 2010 and its members has been amazing.  This continued support has helped change the lives of many children and their families, directly helping to give them more independence and the ability to take part in activities that they would never have been able to without this equipment.”

Chester Ladies Lunch event raises thousands!

We’re delighted to announce that our second Ladies Lunch event in Chester has raised a fantastic £5500!

Over 110 guests attended our special event at the Chester Grosvenor with proceeds going towards our work to provide funds for specialised equipment for children and young people up to the age of 25 years old with disabilities.

Attendees enjoyed a glass of prosecco whilst browsing stalls in a pop-up boutique shopping area before sitting down to a sumptuous lunch and fashion show featuring the latest designs from Hobbs, LK Bennett, Chameleon Style & Chester University’s Design Department modelled by amazing models provided once again by Majestic Models. Rituals also provided hand and arm massages to guests.

Speakers Florentyna Sidery from Simply The Best You and ‘Captain Positive’ Eilidh Milnes entertained the room with their talks on colour-matching and confidence building.

A raffle also saw guests get the chance to win a number of impressive prizes including a personal styling session and £200 gift voucher from Hobbs, a LK Bennett purse and afternoon tea for two at the Chester Grosvenor.

As our charity receives no funding from the government or NHS, we are reliant on voluntary donations to keep providing these all-important grants for children across the UK.

Regional Fundraising Manager Paula Hanford comments: “We are delighted with the amazing response to our second Ladies Lunch event. It was a very special occasion and the money raised will directly impact the lives of the children we support across the UK.

“This event was only possible thanks to the support of our sponsors, McLintocks and Think Cirrus, and we would also like to thank all the guests for their generosity in helping us raise these much-needed funds.”

Thank you to our amazing supporters including Simply Argan, L’Occitane, Rituals, Vixi, Crabtree & Evelyn, Penhaligons, Boodles, Elemis, Riverford Organics, the Chester Grosvenor and Chameleon Style that provided prizes for our raffle.

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 elizabeth@childrentoday.org.uk

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 glendaostick@gmail.com (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!