Social care charity out to create lasting summer memories for 900 young people with fundraising drive
QUARRIERS, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, has launched its 2015 Summer Appeal and hopes to provide a day to remember for 900 children.
The appeal, which can fund a young person on a day out for just £10, asks supporters to make a donation to help give vulnerable children memories to last a lifetime.
This year’s campaign will help fund outings, ice creams and seaside trips for young people, supported by Quarriers, who might not have had the opportunity to enjoy such excursions otherwise.
Those who will benefit from the campaign will include young carers, children living in poverty, youngsters with disabilities and young people who require residential support.
Offering a carefree day and a break from daily struggles, the appeal will provide lasting memories for children and young people supported by Quarriers services in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Ayrshire, Falkirk, Dumfries and Galloway, Aberdeenshire and Moray.
To launch its 2015 Summer Appeal, Quarriers enlisted the support of several youngsters for a special book event in Glasgow where the children enjoyed a host of summer stories from nostalgic Ladybird books.
Renowned children’s publisher, Penguin Random House, has donated the books and associated imagery for Quarriers to use as part of the campaign.
Hundreds of children have benefitted from Quarriers’ previous summer appeals and this year hopes to help even more children, like six year-old Isla.
Following a road traffic accident, Isla’s father, who is the main carer for Isla and her brother, suffered a brain injury which affected his speech and concentration leaving him unable to work.
Despite her father’s best efforts, life is difficult for Isla’s family and the Summer Appeal offers a positive getaway from a tough situation.
Last year, Quarriers took over 800 children, like Isla, from 14 of its services across the country, on a day out to remember, and the charity is looking to increase that number to 900 in 2015.
Fiona Nicolson, head of Children and Young Peoples Services, of Quarriers, said: “We were unbelievably grateful for the response to last year’s appeal and we’re hoping to have an even bigger impact this year.
“For many of us, days out during the holidays were a regular occurrence and looking back, most of us will have taken them for granted.
“The financial strain on some families, particularly during the summer, can mean a simple trip to the seaside is beyond their means and that’s why our Summer Appeal is one of our most important campaigns as it offers children something special.
“A day out may seem like a trivial pleasure for most people, but for some of those we support, it can be a memorable experience, where they can make new friends, feel supported and create their own summer stories to tell at school.
“As a charity, Quarriers aims to help young people reach their full potential and we’re keen to use the Summer Appeal to support that and make this summer as special for as many children as possible.”
As well as days out, and with the help of supporters’ generous contributions to the appeal, Quarriers offers young people long-term guidance, giving them the right support at the right time – something that can transform lives.
The charity provides mentoring and life coaching, support groups, activities and befriending services which help children build their confidence, keep up their education, make friends who understand what they are going through and have an all-round brighter view of their future.
A gift of £10 will provide one child with a day out, and gifts of any amount are welcome.
Supporters can make a contribution easily by visiting www.quarriers.org.uk/summerappeal.
Image by Jeff Holmes Pix. Caption:
- Corey, 2, enjoys one of the Ladybird stories at a special book event in Glasgow to launch Quarriers’ 2015 Summer Appeal.
Quarriers is one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, providing practical care and support for thousands of vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances.
Quarriers runs over 100 services across Scotland, and is expanding its work in England, with services in Bath, Swindon, Cheshire and South Shields.
Quarriers services support adults and children with disabilities, young people facing homelessness, families facing poverty, unpaid carers and people affected by epilepsy.
For more information, visit www.quarriers.org.uk/summerappeal
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