THREE hundred disadvantaged children from across the region will enjoy a festive treat this Christmas thanks to a group of local business women.
The 20/20 Network, a forum for business women in Cheshire, has presented a cheque for £4,000 to the local Children’s charity The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) near Lymm, which will fund two very special Christmas parties. In December, members of the group will also spend the day at CAFT wrapping presents for the parties.
Last year, the group’s donation bought six pygmy goats, as well as new home for them. They also sponsored two reindeer for the Christmas parties.
Every year, 20/20 members donate 50 per cent of their monthly membership subscription to CAFT. Chair of the 20/20 Network, Catherine Sandland, presented the group’s most recent donation to the charity at their annual Open Networking event last month.
Catherine said: “We were delighted to present another cheque to CAFT this year, which will bring so much happiness to so many children who, for many reasons, have very difficult lives.
“Our networking group is not-for-profit which enables us, as local women running our own businesses, to give something back to the communities in which we work and we all feel that is incredibly important.”
Pippa Watton, Events Fundraiser at CAFT, said: “As a small charity, building relationships with local businesses is really important and the 20/20 Network has been a really valuable source of support for many years now.
“Their regular donations enable us to enrich the lives of terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. We are incredibly grateful to them for their continued support and will always put their donations to very good use here at the farm.”