NCH appeal for local disabled children ends – a fantastic £305,000 raised


A two-year appeal to raise £250,000 on behalf of 1300 disabled children and young people in the West Midlands has come to a successful conclusion, with local people and businesses raising a fantastic £305,000, said children’s charity NCH today.


[ClickPress, Wed Dec 14 2005] A two-year appeal to raise £250,000 on behalf of 1300 disabled children and young people in the West Midlands has come to a successful conclusion, with local people and businesses raising a fantastic £305,000, said children’s charity NCH today.

The closure of the appeal was marked by a celebratory event at NCH’s West Midlands regional office on Princess Alice Drive in Sutton Coldfield last night.

“Our thanks go to everyone who has helped made this appeal a huge success. Their generosity and fundraising efforts have been amazing. It has done so much to help us meet the needs of hundreds of local children and young people and make a real difference to their lives,” said Hugh Thornbery, NCH West Midlands Director of Children’s Services.

The funds raised have boosted work at five local NCH centres. The centres provide educational and leisure activities, residential breaks, support and other vital services for disabled children, young people and their families.

Those benefiting include children like Taylor, 13, who is autistic, has no sense of danger and cannot be left to play with other young people. Services at NCH’s Walsall Resource Centre have allowed him to socialise with other young people and take part in activities that he would miss out on otherwise.

Local businesses that backed the appeal included Business Post; BMW at Hams Hall; Greggs of the Midlands; Notcutts Garden Centre in Solihull; the annual Business Influence luncheon held in Birmingham; and Severn Trent Labs.

NCH is the UK’s leading provider of services to disabled children and their families. In the West Midlands, NCH works in close partnership with local authorities and the NHS but still needs to raise over £250,000 annually to maintain its services, demand for which has risen in recent years.

Those wanting to make a final donation to the appeal can call 0121 321 5180, or write to ‘Disability Appeal’, NCH, 8 Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B72 1TJ. Please make cheques payable to NCH.

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Notes to Editors
1. A selection of photographs is available to illustrate this story.
2. The five NCH centres benefiting from the Disability Appeal are: Birmingham Community Children’s Centre, Winson Green, Birmingham; John Waterhouse Project, Kenilworth; Staffordshire Shared Care Project, Lichfield; Walsall Resource Centre, Walsall; Tudor Close, Sutton Coldfield.
3. NCH was formerly known as National Children’s Homes.

Company: NCH, the children's charity
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Contact Phone: 07753 488146

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