Charity sleeps rough to raise £140k for special equipment

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Staff at charity Childbase Partnership have participated in a number of fundraisers, including sleeping rough, to raise £140,000 to fund access solutions and other aids for disabled people.

More than 100 staff, including managers and directors, raised £12,000 by sleeping rough at the organisation’s HQ car park.

Collecting the cheque at the company’s Newport Pagnell-based head office, Ben Partridge, CEO of Children Today, praised the work.

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“This very significant sum of money represents a huge boost to the charity and the life-preserving, enabling and enhancing grants we make to children and young people for essential equipment and materials.

“We calculate that at least six people benefit from every grant we make – that’s over 1,000 people in total – because any improvement to the quality of life of a disabled child automatically benefits their families,” he said.

Presenting the cheque Childbase head office charity representative, Rachel Jackson and Aimee Dowell, HR advisor, said the work carried out by Children Today had moved all 1,650 employee owners in the company-wide vote to choose a ‘Charity of the Year’ for a fund-raising drive.

“We are all committed to giving children the best possible start in life so we connected with this charity on a very personal level. The enthusiasm, creativity and generosity of everybody involved in fund-raising means we really will make a positive difference to the lives of so many children and their families,” said Jackson.

Meanwhile, Dowell said funding equipment like specialist ‘vibrating suits’ is helping to prolong the lives of children suffering with cystic fibrosis.

“A grant of £85 to create a ramp means that a disabled child is no longer house-bound and can enjoy something as simple as an outing to the shops with his mother. Such a small sum of money when you consider the long-term impact on that family,” she said.

The donation, which represents about a quarter of the charity’s yearly income, puts Children Today a step nearer to their ambitious target of more than doubling the number of grants they make annually to 365, one for every day of the year.

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