Charity launch ‘1000 Trees’ fundraising appeal
Caudwell Children, is looking to the public and the business community to sponsor 1000 butterfly friendly plants and trees in order to create a stunning landscape around its soon to be opened Caudwell International Children’s Centre, in Keele, North Staffordshire.
The centre will be the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
And with the building due to open in early 2018, the race is now on to create a luscious landscape around the centre that will allow visiting families to relax, play and discover.
As Caudwell Children’s Campaigns Manager, Andy Bailey, explained: “The ‘1000 Trees’ appeal is a fantastic opportunity for our supporters to leave a lasting legacy on the landscape and also change the lives of disabled children and young people.
“It’s an ambitious campaign as we aim to raise £50,000 towards the cost of the building and the services that we’ll provide, but it’s one that we believe people will readily support. The new facility is absolutely stunning and we want the grounds around the centre to be equally as impressive.
“Those who sponsor our trees and brightly coloured and scented plants, will not only be helping disabled children they will also be helping the planet through the creation of a thriving woodland setting.
“Our vision is that as part of their visit to the centre children will be able to scavenge for fruit and berries, they’ll be encouraged to let their imagination run wild in an inspirational natural playground and they’ll spend precious time admiring the landscape.”
The environmentally friendly campaign will see the names of supporters inscribed on the charity’s ‘1000 Trees Thank You Plaque’. Donors will also receive a special, numbered, certificate and will be invited to an exclusive VIP tour of the new centre.
“If you sponsor one of our trees you will also get the chance to plant it yourself,” said Andy. “So if you’re a corporate supporter this will provide you with a great PR opportunity.
“Many of our beneficiaries often ask us what they can do to give something back to the charity and this is a great way for them to show their appreciation.
“They’ll be able to come and be pictured with their tree and, in years to come, they will be able to revisit it when it’s matured.
“By getting involved in our ‘1000 Trees’ appeal you’ll be investing in the future of the charity and the local landscape.”
Plants (e.g. Verbena, Senum, Buddleja) can be sponsored for £25, a small tree (e.g. Cherry, Apple, Silver Birch) for £50 and a large tree (e.g. Cedar, Lime, Beech) for £100.