Thousands celebrate 25 years of The Children’s Foundation

More than 3,000 people from across the North East descended on Kirkley Hall at a record breaking Family Fun Day celebrating 25 years of The Children’s Foundation since the launch of the Yellow Brick Road Appeal.

After 25 years of campaigning to improve children’s health in the region, last weekend’s event was the charity’s biggest and most successful ever.

The event provided the first chance for families to get involved in a new campaign, ‘…because minding matters’, which launched earlier this month to coincide with the charity’s 25th anniversary. The event was free to all due to funding from the Big Lottery ‘Awards for All’ but everyone dug deep and raised close to £1,500 for The Children’s Foundation on the day.

Families enjoyed a beautifully sunny day packed full of exciting activities, including traditional lawn games, a 120-metre zip wire and half price entry to Kirkley Hall Zoo. There was also a mini food festival, dance workshops, treasure hunt and appearances from popular superheroes and princesses, including The Children’s Foundation’s own mascot ‘Courage the Lion’.

Seven Stories – the Newcastle-based National Centre for Children’s Books – also put on a fantastic performance, transforming the Kirkley Hall forest into a magical fairytale land.

Also in attendance on the day were partners Benfield and Handelsbanken. Benfield brought along Benji the new addition to the family and also gave attendees a chance to guess how many balloons were in one of their new Nissan Qashqai .

The Children’s Foundation’s is aiming to raise £2 million goal for its ‘…because minding matters’ campaign. The new campaign will focus on the mental wellbeing of children and young people in the region, addressing challenges from depression to self harming and even suicide – an issue close to people’s heart’s in the North East, as the region currently has the highest rates of suicide and self harming amongst young people in the country.

Libby Nolan, Fundraising Manager at The Children’s Foundation said, “We are thrilled to have celebrated our 25th anniversary with so many families from across the region, some of whom were long time supporters of our charity and others who learned about the work we do for the first time on Sunday. The success of our Family Fun Day has got our new campaign off to a fantastic start and we look forward to raising even more money this year to help improve the mental wellbeing of children and young people in the North East.”

Thank you to everyone who supported the day and look out for the return of the Family Fun Day next year on Sunday 26th June 2016.