Media Release: Dream garden is music to charity

WEST Sound Radio’s Cash for Kids has raised over £25,000 as part of its ‘Build a Dream’ campaign.

Big-hearted listeners dug deep during the initiative which will fund a musical garden at Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick.

Malcolm Sargent House, run by children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, offers family centered breaks and specialist weekends for families of children and young people affected by cancer.

Relatives can simply relax and take in the beautiful views of the Firth of Clyde and Isle of Arran.

Or they can opt for a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages – including cycling, arts, crafts and team games organised within the house.

Station director at West Sound, Brenda Ritchie, said:

“We are delighted to report that we have smashed our target figure with the help of our listeners and also from Craig Tara Holiday Park in Ayr who very kindly donated a massive a £18,000 from their Little Star Foundation to this worthy cause.

“We are also extremely grateful to our on air Appeal sponsors Dawn Construction and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue as well as all the many local businesses from Ayrshire and beyond who got behind this. The generosity of our listeners always amazes us and we cannot thank them enough.”

The inspiration behind the appeal was the Guilder family who recently stayed at the house with their five-year-old daughter Poppy who is visually impaired as the result of a brain tumour.

May Gilchrist, local community fundraising manager for CLIC Sargent, said:

“Poppy’s family had mentioned that a music sensory garden of some sort at Malcolm Sargent House would be hugely beneficial for youngsters like their daughter.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the facilities and approached Cash for Kids to see if they would be able to help.”

Brenda continued:

“With it being a musical garden it made absolute sense for the local radio station to get on board. We asked our listeners for their support to give these children with profound motor and sensory problems which have been a result of their illness, the chance to interact and develop through the magic of music.”

Local holiday park Craig Tara, owned by Bourne Leisure, donated a spectacular £18,000.

Richard Niven, owner experience manager from the company, said:

“When we heard about this appeal it really touched our hearts. Craig Tara is a family park and feels strongly about spending quality time with loved ones. We feel privileged to be part of this campaign and are delighted that our donation will enhance the children’s experience at Malcolm Sargent in Prestwick. We are very excited about the musical garden and looking forward to the finished creation.”

Work on the garden is due to commence Spring 2010.


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