Let’s kit it out for the kidz

Children, staff and parents at the site of the new Unique Kidz and Co premises.
Children, staff and parents at the site of the new Unique Kidz and Co premises.

Multi award-winning disabled children’s charity Unique Kidz and Co’s dream for a new purpose built centre of excellence is on the way to becoming a reality with its building now taking shape at Lancaster Leisure Park.

But the charity urgently needs to raise £75,000 before April next year so that it can equip the centre with the essential equipment it needs to open.

Unique Kidz and Co is now calling on local businesses and the community to support its fundraising campaign, Kit it out for the Kidz, and will hold an official launch for the fundraising campaign on October 21 at Lancaster Brewery on Lancaster Leisure Park, 5-7pm.

Representatives from local businesses and the local community are invited to attend as well as the charity’s staff, parents, volunteers and new supporters.

It is an opportunity to find out more about the new centre and how to support the campaign.

Illustrative plans for the new building, together with an inventory of all the equipment required, costs, and the sponsorship and ‘in kind’ packages available for businesses, will be available at the launch.

Unique Kidz and Co was founded in 2009 by Jane Halpin from Bolton-le Sands and Denise Armer from Warton; both are parents with disabled children. The charity has grown rapidly and now supports more than 140 children in the area as one of very few providers of specialist holiday and after school childcare for disabled children in north Lancashire and south Cumbria.

Co-founder Jane said: “We are delighted with the progress of our new building but we cannot open without essential equipment for the building and the children we provide services for after school and in the holidays.

“Top of our list are mobile hoists and changing tables, children’s chairs and tables, cupboards, a cooker, a fridge and indoor and outdoor play equipment.

“The cost to do this is £75,000 and we need to have all this equipment installed before April next year if we are to open when the building is finished.

“We really need businesses and local people to help us in any way they can, whether this is through getting involved in fundraising for us, sponsoring or donating a piece of equipment, or providing services free of charge or at cost, all of this will help us reach our target.”

Denise added: “By supporting our Kit it out for the Kidz campaign you will be helping us support more disabled children and their families, giving the children an opportunity to socialise and play after school and in the holidays, and their parents an opportunity to pursue work and training opportunities, or even have a much needed break.

“With the support of local businesses and the community, we can make a big difference to the lives of many more local disabled children and their families.”

Unique Kidz and Co look forward to welcoming supporters old and new at the Kit it out forthe Kidz fundraising campaign launch on October 21/

If you would like to attend the launch or if you can support the charity in any way, please call Unique Kidz on 01524 874047, email info@uniquekidzandco.org.uk or visit www.uniquekidzandco.org.uk.