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Coffee cash to fund activities for disabled children
20 March 2012
A community group in Alsager is hoping to encourage some new
faces at their weekly coffee morning in a bid to increase the
amount of money they are raising for disabled children.
Place Methodist Church, in Lawton Road, has been supporting
Action for Children, the charity who run Staffordshire Shared Care,
in Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, for two decades.
Their Saturday coffee mornings have been running for 15 years
and have helped the church to raise in the region of £30,000 for
Action for Children in total.
In February, stalwart fundraisers and initial organisers of the
coffee mornings, Ted and Mary Timperley, sadly passed away within
weeks of each other. And now the organisers are calling on the
local community to get involved as they increase their
efforts to raise the money needed to purchase a new mini bus and to
convert space at Staffordshire Shared Care's premises into
a sensory room.
Elizabeth Morris, from Wesley Place Methodist Church, said: "We
hope to pay tribute to Ted and Mary's wonderful work by ensuring
their legacy lives on so we're keen to extend a warm welcome to the
community in Alsager. Come and join us on Saturday mornings for a
relaxed and inexpensive respite from a busy shopping
Staffordshire Shared Care provides residential care, after
school clubs and a range of leisure activities in the community for
disabled children and young people from across the county, giving
them the opportunity to enjoy and experience time away from home,
have fun and make new friends in a safe environment.
Barbara Greaves, Action for Children project manager at
Staffordshire Shared Care, said: "The aim of our service is to
provide a variety of opportunities for the young people who come to
us and also offer their families a much-needed break from the
demanding and sometimes quite challenging caring duties they
perform for their children.
"We are really grateful for the support of Wesley Place
Methodist Church. We are fundraising for a new mini bus - which
will enable us to take our groups out more easily and with less
cost - and for a sensory room, which would offer interactive and
stimulating experiences for even the most profoundly disabled.
These are obviously both very expensive and the dedication of our
supporters at the church is a fantastic boost to our cause."
Both of the service's fundraising efforts can also be supported
online via Action for Children's innovative website. Here people can pledge as little as
£2 towards the target and keep an eye on progress.