This summer we will be sending coach-loads of deserving youngsters and their families to Legoland Windsor – and we need your help!
On August 22, three coaches of poorly children, their parents and siblings will be sailing down the A1 full of excitement as they approach the family theme park, near London.
And no doubt their excitement will rocket further when they arrive at the park to enjoy an all-expenses paid day out together, as a family.
This, the Journal’s Summer Sizzler Appeal, is the latest fund-raising campaign by the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund, which last summer sent youngsters to Disneyland Paris and the year before to Lapland at Christmas.
Charity trustee Roy Wright said: “Our forthcoming trip to Legoland is, I feel, the most significant outing we have organised. In the previous trips to Lapland and Disneyland Paris, it has been the sick child and carer only that have joined us. Now the exciting news is that Legoland will be for the whole family unit – father, mother and siblings. How great will that be?
“Free from the stress of organising the trip, and more importantly the finances involved, our families will be given a day out to remember and, I hope, a trip full of happy memories.”
Families will be given a day out to remember and, I hope, a trip full of happy memoriesRoy Wright, trustee
Unless you or a loved one are affected by a disability or debilitating condition, you cannot understand how diffcult life can be. Money can become tight as the expense of care or hospital visits take their toll, and it can be difficult for families to find the time and money to enjoy a special treat.
This is where the Children’s Fund steps in, and we hope the generous people of Grantham get behind us. Perhaps your employer is looking for a charitable cause to support – why not suggest the Summer Sizzler Appeal? Or maybe a child at your school has successfully applied for a place on the trip – why not organise a fund-raiser in school to raise the money to send them and their family? Or perhaps you simply have a heart of gold and want to back the campaign!
However much you can manage to raise would be wonderful. Every person, school or business kind enough to support the Summer Sizzler Appeal will get a big thank you in the Journal by way of a story to highlight their kindness. We will also preview the event so please let us know what you are planning in plenty of time.
Trustee Paul Richardson, Jouranl editor, added: “In many ways, this is our biggest project yet, because it involves so many people, but I’m sure those who have supported us in the past will want to be involved again. I cannot stress enough how grateful we are...any amount of money you can raise or donate will be gratefully received and go towards this cause which is so close to many people.
“Please follow the progress of this effort in the pages of the Journal and through the website and social media. We want to take you with us on this ambitious adventure.”
HOW CAN I HELP THE APPEAL?
We need help in raising the money needed to put on this fabulous trip for families which truly deserve it.
There are so many wonderful ways in which you can raise money, from coffee mornings, to table top sales, to fancy dress days...even sponsored skydives for the very brave!
We will preview every fund-raising event and publish a report on every fund-raising venture as a thank you for your kindness.
To put on three 49-seat coaches to Legoland Windsor this summer, we need to raise £17,700. This covers the coach, day tickets to the park, food, drinks and spending money. You can help us reach that target by making any donation. You could even set yourself a target, and here’s how:
** You could raise £120 to send one child/adult
** You could raise £600 to send a family of five
** You could raise an incredible £5,900 to send an entire coach
Any donation to this wonderful cause would be gratefully received. Donations can be handed in at the Grantham Journal office in St Peter’s House, St Peter’s Hill. We hope to get town centre businesses on board to display collection buckets, details of which will be confirmed at a later date.
** To tell us what you’re doing in aid of the Summer Sizzler Appeal, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marie Bond on 01476 541428.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR PLACES ON THE TRIP?
It’s easy! Simply send a letter or email. We need to know:
** The name of your child, an explanation of their disability/condition, age and full address
** The name, age and address of all parents/guardians and siblings hoping to join the child on the trip to Legoland Windsor
** A letter confirming the child’s disability/condition from a GP, consultant or other specialist
** Full contact details for the parent/guardian.
Send your email to email@example.com or address a letter to: Summer Sizzler Appeal, Grantham Journal, St Peter’s House, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6QB.
LEGOLAND WINDSOR: THE ITINERARY
Prior to the super Summer Sizzler trip to Legoland Windsor, an information event will be held. It will be a chance for everyone to gather, meet one another and get all the details before the big day arrives. But if you can’t wait until then – and we don’t blame you! – here’s a brief outline of the trip.
IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE? If your child has a form of disability, is aged up to 14 years old and lives within the Journal news coverage area, they are eligible for a place on the trip to Legoland Windsor. Parents/guardians and siblings are very welcome to join the trip, up to a maximum of five people per family.
WHEN? Saturday, August 22.
WHERE WILL WE MEET? Grantham Bus Station, bright and early (time to be confirmed). The coach journey to Legoland Windsor will take around three hours with a comfort break. We will arrive in good time for the gates to open at 10am.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN WE GET THERE? Families are free to head off and enjoy the park. Each will receive spending money to cover food, drinks and mementoes of the day.
IS ANY EXTRA HELP AVAILABLE FOR MY CHILD WITH THEIR DISABILITY IN MIND? Yes. Representatives from the Journal and Children’s Fund will be travelling with you, and will be contactable throughout the day to assist if any problems arise. Legoland does offer ride access passes and these can be used to access up to 10 rides during the day via their exits. Each pass is valid for up to three additional people to ride. However, it is important to note that passes are issued at the discretion of park staff and cannot be guaranteed.
WHAT TIME WILL WE RETURN TO GRANTHAM? The park closes at 7pm. The coach will leave shortly after and aim to return to Grantham at around 10.30pm.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW? The Summer Sizzler trip to Legoland Windsor will be made possible by the generosity of those who choose to support the campaign by raising money towards it. Of course, they will want to know how the trip went and this will be through the pages of the Grantham Journal. Photographs and video footage will be taken throughout the day.