Barnstondale has enjoyed an excellent fundraising boost at the beginning of 2016, with over £13,000 being donated so far. The centre has had several donors answer its call for funds and is able to implement some of its latest innovations and improvements.
Among the roll call of donors was the Montse Benítez Foundation with a donation of £5,800 and the Morrisons Foundation, which has donated £1,135. Other donations have come from Liverpool-based charitable organisation the Johnson Foundation (£2,500), The Rank Foundation, a grant-giving charitable trust (£750) and the Medicash Charitable Trust (£2,878.80).
The donated funds will be used towards a new wet room, the installation of two defibrillators to be used on site and a new changing table for Meadow Cabin, one of the centre’s specialised accommodation facilities. As well as acknowledging the importance of outdoor activities and physical health, Barnstondale also recognises the role technology plays in young peoples’ lives today. The centre will also be using the funds towards the installation of Wi-Fi across its site and the purchase of seven iPads. Visitors will be able to use these to take photos of their experiences and to research and record information. Barnstondale is also continuing to raise funds to improve its sports facilities, by purchasing new sports equipment and refurbishing the multi-use games area (MUGA).
George Jones, Barnstondale’s manager commented: “The donors’ combined generosity has meant that we have now reached our targets to enable us to buy the new changing table, both defibrillators and have sufficient funds to purchase all seven iPads.
“We are always raising funds and our next aims are to improve our welcome area – with better gate security and an intercom, carpark lighting, marked walk-ways and resurfacing. – We have 9 wet rooms that urgently need upgrading to make them suitable for our disabled visitors. This includes the installation of appropriate showers, the cost of which is £2,000 per bathroom. We’d like any local people or organisations, such as golf clubs, to consider us as their charity of choice to offer support. We’re very grateful to everyone who has made the start of 2016 such an encouraging one for the centre.”