The two fantastic charities I supported

This was a personal challenge, but it was also a great opportunity to help raise much needed funds for two local charities that are very dear to me. there’s a little bit of info on them below and links to fundraising pages and their websites where you can learn more about the brilliant work they do.

I set up a Team Page on justgiving so I could raise funds for both charities, hopefully everyone will decide to split their donation between the two charities and that way, they can both do even more to help the amazing children and young adults. in case you missed the earlier links heres a link to the TEAM PAGE

The reason I chose these two charities is pretty simple really, I am very fortunate to be Grandad to five beautiful grandchildren, Thomas, Isabelle, George, Poppy and Harry who all bring loads of fun and happiness into our lives, but sadly, with our Isabelle who suffers from severe complex epilepsy, sometimes that happiness can turn into heartache and pain that no parent or Grandparent should ever have to experience. Our Isabelle receives respite care from Birtenshaw who do an amazing job in acting for her while she’s with them, you can read more about Our Belle’s story on our Justgiving page for Birtenshaw CLICK HERE

Then there’s our George who has been diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum, and while he looks just like any other little boy his autism has lead to him being quite different in many ways. Things that are taken for granted like simple choices can build into a traumatic experience for him and this where Breaking Barriers really help, you can read more about Our Georges story on our Justgiving Page for Breaking Barriers CLICK HERE

About Breaking Barriers

A new group supporting you . . .

Breaking Barriers is a twofold organisation founded by 3 parents of disabled children with various requirements and aims to:

  • Support & reassure with a listening ear
  • Promote, improve & advance the emotional wellbeing of Parents, Carers & Families of disabled children & young people aged 0-25 years old and adults
  • Promote equality of opportunity for all sectors of the Community
  • Offer tailor made training, raise awareness, promote inclusion & social acceptance
  • Signpost Parents & Carers to relevant local Services

Breaking Barriers also supports Adults with Asperger’s by facilitating a monthly support group called ABAG – Adult Bolton Asperger’s Group.

For more info please visit the website Click here

About Birtenshaw

Birtenshaw was established in Bromley Cross, Bolton in 1956. Birtenshaw provides a creative and dynamic range of services for children and young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), including Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Through Birtenshaw Special School and Birtenshaw College we provide special education for children and young people with significant physical impairment, complex health needs or learning disability aged from three to 25 years old.

Birtenshaw’s special education services are complimented by our social care services, which include several children’s homes, one of which is a short break centre, a domiciliary care agency, supported tenancies, an enrichment programme and a young adults short break centre.

Our aim is to improve the quality of life of the people we support so that they may lead fulfilling lives as independently as possible.

Our mission is Brightening Lives: Building Futures for individuals with Special Education Needs and Disability in Bolton, across the North West and beyond.

For more info please visit the website Click here