Children attending out-of-school activities organised by the Lincolnshire branch of national charity KIDS were presented with a check mark in excess of 19,000 from potato supplier Branston on Thursday (15 February).
KIDS Lincolnshire offers children and youth with additional needs the chance to attend after school clubs and activity days in the summer break. Daily, local children can benefit from one trip away, one sporting weekend day as well as sessions at local community centre St Christopher’s School in Lincoln.
Philip Greenwood, community fundraiser at KIDS Lincolnshire, said: “We receive no statutory funding, and so the support from local companies for example Branston is vital on the work carry out at KIDS. Without them, we might not be able to give these children the brighter future that they deserve.
“The money raised by Branston insures 260 day sessions, that provide kids with fully supported one-to-one care, or 350 after school club sessions. Exactly what besides provide youngsters with the opportunity to connect with their peers, but offer parents some well-deserved respite.
“All with the money raised in Lincolnshire stays in Lincolnshire, so we know this will make a real impact on the actions we could provide.”
KIDS Lincolnshire – that is charity of the season for Branston’s Lincoln site in 2017 – invited Branston staff to your KIDS Strut creative play session in the North Hykeham Youth Centre. The group took part in several different activities, say for example a giant parachute game, that will be regularly organised from the charity before presenting the cheque in excess of 19,000.
John Griffin, gm at Branston’s Lincoln site, said “We were proud to acquire KIDS Lincolnshire as our site’s charity of year in 2017. Their activities provide local kids with some much-needed opportunities to keep things interesting, learning and adventure. Our team’s activities raised an incredible 12,950.40 and Branston added 50% as well to get it with a total of 19,425.60.
“Our team continues to be doing a number of activities throughout 2017 and have absolutely wholly committed to raising so much money as is possible to the charity, including a 100 mile cycle ride across the Lincolnshire Wolds in September involving Branston staff, suppliers and customers.
“We all look ahead to seeing the positive benefit that the money raised bring to adolescents inside county.”