CHICKS Open Day – Friday 1st September 2-6pm at CHICKS Coastal Retreat, Tywardreath
Many thanks to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for the extremely generous donation given to CHICKS recently. I am writing to introduce myself as the local Regional Fundraiser in Cornwall and to invite you to our annual Open Day here at the CHICKS Coastal Retreat in Tywardreath. Please come along to the Open Day, or any other date convenient to you, to find out more about the work we do, meet the team, take a tour of the retreat and enjoy some tea and cake! We would be very grateful if you consider supporting us with a donation, or choosing CHICKS as an official charity, so that we are able to support more children each year.
The Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about CHICKS, what we do and how you can get involved. We are extremely grateful to the amazing amount of support from individuals, clubs and organisations in the local area. The charity gives breaks to disadvantaged children from across the UK, including hundreds from many areas of Cornwall, and relies on many volunteers from all over Cornwall.
The local breaks held at our Coastal Retreat in Tywardreath run from February to the beginning of December, also over the Christmas week. Although the respite breaks are free for the children, each child place in 2017 will cost CHICKS an average of £924.
The children are aged between eight and 15 and come from a variety of backgrounds. The children may be living in poverty, suffering from abuse, neglect, bereavement or act as young carers for sick or disabled family members. They may even be the children of injured service personnel or Looked After Children who are in local authority care.
All children are referred by professional organisations such as social services, schools, young carer groups and charities we work with such as NSPCC, Action for Children, SSAFA and Barnardo’s. CHICKS began in 1992 and helped 25 children in its first year. We are now celebrating our 25th anniversary and have provided nearly 15,000 breaks.
I would be delighted to come and talk to you about the work we do at CHICKS or give you a tour of the retreat.
Very best wishes