Teens support for 1000 Trees campaign
An 18-year-old young man from Hucknall, near Nottingham, who has cerebral palsy, has supported a fundraising appeal for Caudwell Children after the charity took him on a once-in-lifetime holiday to Disney World, in Florida.
Myles Sketchley, has sponsored one of 1000 butterfly friendly plants and trees that will be planted around our soon to be opened HQ in Keele, 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.
Myles also has scoliosis, a heart condition, and respiratory problems and this prompted his mother, Christine, 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 Christine. “The charity had a team of paediatric doctors and nurses available 24/7 to look after the children and this gave families like mine real confidence.
“Without this support we simply wouldn’t have been able to go on the holiday.”
Christine says that the family can’t thank the charity enough for their support. She said: “When Myles heard that the ‘1000 Trees’ appeal was supporting the charity’s expansion into a new building he was determined to give something back.
“He put his hand in his own pocket to buy a plant in order to show his support.”
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 Myles and in return he will receive a special, numbered, certificate and he will be invited to an exclusive VIP tour of the new centre.
“He’ll also be given the opportunity to plant it himself, so if there are 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.