Card Factory’s ‘Goody Bag’ gifts for disabled children
Card Factory, the national chain of greeting card and gift stores, has donated a selection of over 600 items to a disabled children’s charity for the ‘Goody bags’ that they will be giving away at their FREE Christmas pantomime.
Card Factory, has ramped up the huge amount that it already gives to charity by recently launching its own charity foundation.
The Card Factory Foundation (CFF), whose tagline is ‘supporting causes close to our hearts’, chose to donate the goodies to Staffordshire based Caudwell Children, in recognition of the practical and emotional support that it gives to disabled children and their families.
“This is a fantastic gesture and it’s one that’s sure to please those who attend our three performances of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty,” said Julia Lunn, family services manager at Caudwell Children. “The CFF has donated Christmas notebooks, Christmas pom-pom pens and Christmas jigsaws and they’re sure to add to the festive feel of our seasonal pantomime.”
The CFF is committed to supporting projects and charitable causes that benefit the communities of its colleagues and stores.
“We’re delighted that we have given £250,000 to charity in the first quarter of this year,” said Karen Hubbard, CEO of Card Factory. “The creation of the CFF enables all our colleagues to have a say in how we can support needy causes in their communities and further afield.”
The FREE performances will take place from 1pm-3pm at the following venues:
- Sunday 2nd December, 2018, Queen Street Community Centre, Queen Street, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 3LW
- Sunday 23rd December, 2018, The Northfield Centre, Magnolia Avenue, Stafford, ST16 3DU
- Sunday 6th January, 2019, Bradnop Village Hall, School lane, Leek, ST13 7ND
Family tickets are now available for disabled children, and those with additional needs, aged 8-18, and with Family-of-Four tickets usually priced at £22 charity bosses are advising interested parents to book their FREE tickets now to avoid disappointment.
Julia says that Sleeping Beauty is a ‘must see’ production. As she explained: “Who doesn’t love the story of Princess Aurora and how the evil Maleficent lays a curse on her that puts her to sleep.
“There are some great characters in this show, like Flora the Fairy and Dame Dolly Dumpling, who really bring the pantomime to life and make it so much fun.
“The children will be captivated by the story and they’ll be able to boo that baddies and cheer the goodies.”
The show is funded by Staffordshire Council as part of their Aiming High programme, developed to provide disabled children with fun activities outside of school.
The production is also part of Caudwell Children’s programme of activity days for disabled children. They have been devised to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem, whilst having fun.
Julia says that it’s extremely important that families seize the opportunity. She said: “Unbelievably 78% of disabled children in the UK have no access to activities outside of their house.
“This could be through a number of things, such as lack of provision or cost, so this is a great chance for children, and their parents, to get out and have some free fun in a fully accessible venue.
“We can’t thank the CFF enough for helping us to make this year’s pantomime the best yet, both on and off the stage.”
If you live in Staffordshire you can book tickets through Aiming High on 0300 111 8007 (option 5).
Families outside the Staffordshire border can book their tickets directly through Caudwell Children, by ringing Julia on 01782 433730.
You can find out more about Caudwell Children’s activity days here.