THE children’s charity Stick ’n’ Step, welcomed representatives from various local businesses to an open day at its centre in Wallasey.
The charity recently launched its 50/50 challenge, a fundraising initiative aimed at businesses with the goal of raising £150,000 throughout 2014.
The open day provided an ideal opportunity for businesses involved in the challenge to meet everyone at the centre and see first-hand how the money raised will be used.
It was also a chance to gain a greater insight into the work that Stick ’n’ Step does for children with cerebral palsy throughout the North West.
During the open day, guests had the opportunity to look in on a session, learning how conductive education works and its importance to the development of abilities in children who attend Stick ’n’ Step.
This enabled guests to see the specialist facilities at the centre in everyday use, including the sage room, sensory room and the main session spaces, which gave a greater understanding of the positive experience that Stick n’ Step provides. There was also an opportunity to network and share ideas, which is an important aspect to the success of the 50/50 challenge.
Among the guests were Deputy Mayor of Wirral, Cllr. Steve Foulkes, representatives from local businesses, and a group of year eight students from Ridgeway High School, many of whom have already been busy raising money to help the charity.
Examples of some of the fundraising activities already undertaken by those in attendance include donating £10 every time a paying customer makes a reference to the challenge, £10 donation for every hot bamboo massage sold and taking an icy dip in the River Mersey on Boxing Day.
The students from Ridgeway High School have also held bake sales, car washes, raffles and more.
Kerry Roe-Ely, community and events fundraiser at Stick n’ Step, commented: “We rely heavily on the support of businesses and community fundraisers in the area, to ensure our doors are kept open.
“For us to have been able to open our doors to our fundraisers and invite them to look in, is something we believe important.
“It enabled us to provide them with a full understanding of what exactly it is that we do, and how vital our services are to those who attend Stick ’n’ Step.
“The 50/50 challenge is a huge target that we have set for ourselves, having never undertaken any business fundraising initiatives on this scale before, so 2014 should be a really exciting year.”
If you have a business that is looking to raise funds for a local good cause, there are still a few challenge spaces remaining.
As the challenge does not require individual business fundraising targets, it is never too late to join and every penny counts towards the £150,000 target.
For more information about how you can help Stick ’n’ Step by being involved in the 50/50 challenge, contact Kerry Roe-Ely, community and events fundraiser on 0151 638 0888 or email email@example.com. Alternatively visit www.sticknstep.org