Family Fun Day 2016


During the course of its history, The Children’s Foundation has challenged a wide array of problems affecting the young people of the North-East. In the last year alone, the 25th year since our inception, 30,000 children’s lives were changed for the better. The great work that I have witnessed as a volunteer would not be possible without the help and support without the very kind contributions of the general public.


TCF_Kirkley_Hall (56 of 138)As I have mentioned in a previous post (rehashing material already!), my perception of working within a charity has completely changed in the last few months of volunteering. I have learnt how tirelessly fundraisers work to make a difference, and how many different events need to be organised at any one time. With the summer holidays coming up, I know many parents are going to be frantic about things to keep the little ones entertained, and one of our most successful events is sure to help with that.

The Children’s Foundation invites you to Kirkley Hall on the 26th June for our family fun day. It was a massive success last year, with 3000+ in attendance (emphasis on the plus!). There’ll be loads to do as a family, such as lawn games that will bring out dads competitive side, and stalls if mam wants a little time to herself. The kids will be entertained by Kirkley Hall’s zoological gardens and Boris Johnson’s favourite mode of transport, a zip wire. Tickets are £3, with under-2’s getting in for free, this is a major event in our calendar that we want to get bigger and bigger every year, so please come along and enjoy the wide range of activities on offer. To purchase your tickets visit

Events such as these help to support us as we currently face a fight on three fronts: disability, autism and children’s mental health. In order to acknowledge the bravery of the young people we strive to help, the star awards will also be returning to the Biscuit Factory in July, hosted by breakfast radio’s very own Steve and Karen. Children, Parents, Siblings and Carers will all be celebrated and appreciated for their kindness and hard work. This year’s awards are the 10th anniversary, and around 200 have been given out over this period!


Seven year old twins Lucy and Molly Scott were amongst the winners last year, nominated by their grandmother. Lucy suffers from cerebral palsy, and the awards have helped not only highlight Lucy’s bravery and determination to tackle this diagnosis, but also the love and maturity provided by her sister throughout her ordeal. If you know someone who you feel deserves to be nominated for an award, please contact Kerry here at The Children’s Foundation at

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