Childbase Partnership changes over 1,000 lives with record-breaking donation
The lives of over 1,000 people are set to get a whole lot better following a record-breaking charity donation of nearly £141,000 from employees in 41 day nurseries at the award-winning Childbase Partnership.
Collecting the cheque at the company’s Newport Pagnell-based Head Office, Mr. Ben Partridge, CEO of Children Today, which supports young people with a range of disabilities, praised everyone involved with the year-long fund-raising drive at the employee owned Childbase Partnership.
“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.
The record sum of money – up over £10,000 on the previous year’s fund-raising efforts at Childbase Partnership – follows activities like sleeping rough in the company’s head office car park by over 100 nursery workers, managers and directors at the beginning of the year which raised over £12,000.
Presenting the cheque Childbase Head Office Charity Representative, Rachel Jackson and Aimee Dowell, HR Advisor, said the wonderful 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 Rachel.
Aimee Dowell said it was impossible to remain unmoved by stories of the charity’s success in funding equipment like specialist ‘vibrating suits’ which help to prolong the lives of children suffering with cystic fibrosis or equipment that gives young disabled people greater independence.
“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.
Pictured (L-R) Aimee Dowell, HR Advisor, Ben Partridge, Children Today Chief Executive, and Rachel Jackson, Head Office Charity Representative, at Childbase Partnership.