To make this possible we held some fantastic events throughout 2016, including the our Christmas event at the Sandbanks Hotel ‘Polar Express’ and Halloween event ‘Spooktacular’, plus various events across the group! And our incredibly generous guests with their donations every stay, for which we can’t thank them enough.
In 2016 we raised£23,570and this is where we have pledged the money to be spent:
The Bournemouth Youth Theatre – £5,000 (850 kids)To provide a set, costumes, microphones and theatre technicians for their November 2017 production, allowing students coming from single parent or working class families to enjoy extracurricular activities.
Christchurch Activities for Young People – £3,586 (200 kids)To financially support 3 trips (swimming, ice skating and bowling) and provide 5 laptops and 1 printer/scanner to be used by young people to print off homework / projects or literature they may need.
Life Education Wessex – £3,350 (30,000 kids)To provide vital age appropriate Health, Wellbeing and Drug prevention education to children across Dorset.
The Bourne Academy – £2,845 (950 kids)To support the costs for an online assessment/activity planner helping staff, parents/social workers to identify emotional needs of vulnerable young people. Plus, contributing to the Carers Club supporting 40 young carers with their weekly club and outings during 2017.
Community First – £2,500 (120 kids)To provide 10 mini bus trips, each taking 12 Youth Carers to an activity such as trips to art and leisure centres, as well as days out to Marwell and Paulton’s Park. Youth carers are children who have a carer responsibility for a family member with an illness or disability.
Springbourne Family Centre – £1,756 (300 kids)To provide play equipment for their playroom and sensory room, aimed at local children with disabilities as well as promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
Club Linwood – £1,740 (60 kids)To provide a number of specialist equipment for children with profound and severe learning difficulties, sensory needs, autism and Asperger’s syndrome as well as those with physical difficulties.
Mosaic – £1,546 (40 kids)To provide an activity day at the Avon Tyrell Activity Centre for up to 40 bereaved children and their parents who require therapeutic support, helping them to feel less isolated in their grief.
Lytchett Riding School – £1,246 (14 kids)To support the costs to enable 14 local disabled children to attend Lytchett Riding School weekly during 2017. Riding helps with coordination and balance, while giving wheelchair users a chance to enjoy freedom of movement.
FJB prides itself on being a fun destination for families, and our staff and management teams are passionate about engaging with the local community. Which is why we think Cash for Kids is a fantastic charity to get involved with.During 2017 we’ll provide Cash for Kids with support, resources and inspiration, helping them further their incredibly worthwhile mission. We’ll also hold more exciting events aimed at raising much-needed funds for their cause.Last year, our optional £1 room rate really made a difference, so it’s something we’re keen to continue throughout 2017. By opting to add a £1 donation to your bill when you check out, you can once again help us reach our target of £24,000 and beyond!
Following on from 2016’s success, Cash for Kids will once again be our charity partner for 2017.
Cash for Kids is a grant giving charity backed by the regional radio station, Wave 105. Through offering grants to individuals and charities, they help local children who are experiencing poverty, abuse, neglect and distress.
Cash for Kids believe that in this day and age, no child should be deprived of their basic needs – food, clothes, education, health, guidance and support.
We’re excited to do all we can to raise just as much money, if not more, in 2017 and we hope you’ll join us in our efforts!
With the help of all our staff and generous guests, we’ve helped make a difference to the lives of young people in our local area. And true to FJB, it was fun along the way.