Parents of Birmingham boy support 1000 Trees campaign
The parents of a five-year-old boy from Erdington, in Birmingham, who was born with a serious heart condition, is supporting our ‘1000 Trees’ fundraising appeal after the charity took their son on a once-in-lifetime holiday to Disney World, in Florida.
Claire and Antony Donnelly, are to sponsor one of 1000 butterfly friendly plants and trees that will be planted around our soon to be opened headquarters, in Keele, North Staffordshire.
The Caudwell International Children’s 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.
Alfie Donnelly’s condition, resulted in him undergoing major heart surgery when he was just four days old.
The condition, which reduces Alfie’s energy levels and sees him struggle with exercise, prompted Claire, to apply for a place on Caudwell Children’s annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida, in 2016.
The charity created Destination Dreams in 2007, to give 25 children, with life limiting illnesses, the opportunity to experience a ‘Dream’ holiday to Disney World.
“The whole family went on the holiday and we had an amazing time,” explained Claire. “Alfie and his older brothers Ethan, 14, and Pierce, aged 17, had a wonderful experience and we made some magical memories that will never be forgotten.
“The charity had a team of paediatric doctors and nurses available 24/7 to look after the children and this gave families like ours real confidence.
“Without this support we simply wouldn’t have been able to go on the holiday.”
Claire says that the family can’t thank the charity enough for their support. As she explained: “We owe a real debt of gratitude to the charity so when we heard about the ‘1000 Trees’ appeal, that was supporting the charity’s expansion into a new building, we were determined to give something back.
“We’re going to buy a tree to show our support and we’re appealing to family, friends and work colleagues to put their hand in their pocket and support the campaign so that the charity can continue to support children like Alfie, and those with neurological conditions like autism.”
The environmentally friendly campaign will help to create a stunning landscape around the state-of-the-art building in Keele, North Staffordshire.
Andy Bailey, Campaigns Manager at Caudwell Children, is delighted by the donation. As he explained: “It’s a fantastic gesture by Claire and Antony and in return they will receive a special, numbered, certificate and the family will be invited to an exclusive VIP tour of the new centre.
“They’ll also be given the opportunity to plant the tree themselves, so for any corporate supporters out there who would like to sponsor a tree it’s a great PR opportunity.
“Our supporters will leave a lasting legacy, not only on the landscape but in the lives of disabled children and young people.”
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.