Grosvenor Garden Centre has announced Children Today as its nominated charity for 2009. Based in Christleton, Children Today aims to provide specialist, life-changing mobility equipment for children and young people with disabilities and sickness throughout the UK. From specially-adapted wheelchairs and tricycles to bespoke car seats - Children Today helps to ensure each child reaches his or her maximum potential to lead a full and active childhood.
"We are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile, local charity as Children Today, and we hope to raise a significant amount of funds to help them continue with their important work," commented Iain Wylie, managing director of Grosvenor.
With nearly 400,000 disabled people under the age of 16 in the UK, Children Today helps more than 200 applicants per year but would urge any family in need of assistance to apply.
"With so many young people to help each year, we are extremely grateful to Grosvenor Garden Centre for their assistance in raising much needed funds, and awareness, of the Children Today charity," commented Ruth Thompson, Head of Fundraising at Children Today.
"One of the children we have helped recently is Joseph Francis aged 4. Joseph's mum Christine applied to Children Today for a grant to fund a specialised tricycle. The tricycle has enabled Joseph to take more exercise and helped to strengthen his leg muscles, promoting his motor development, balance and coordination and allows him to play alongside his younger brother and friends. We were delighted to be able to help Joseph and his family, but there are many more children we need to help and Grosvenor's assistance is vital," Ruth continued.
Anyone who would like to help Grosvenor raise as much money as possible for Children Today, can add to the charity collection points at each till, or make a wish in the wishing well at the centre's exit. Watch out for further fundraising events throughout the year, or donate directly to the charity by visiting www.childrentoday.org.uk.