2019 brought the 25th Anniversary of our charity. To mark this milestone, we celebrated throughout the year with a variety of events and activities to bring our staff, people who use our services, supporters and community together. As we near the end of this milestone year, we’re reflecting on the amazing support we’ve received as we celebrated turning 25.
Flight for Youth
Officially launched in March 2019, ‘Flight for Youth’ was our campaign to support and celebrate our work bringing hope, opportunity, stability and independence to local children, young people and families in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The campaign invited the public to purchase ceramic butterflies in one of our four colours which represent our core values of Hope, Opportunity, Stability and Independence. We also introduced plain, ‘Paint Your Own’ butterflies, which were hugely popular and saw local individuals and businesses embrace their creativity by painting their own unique butterflies.
The coloured butterflies and many of the ‘Paint Your Own’ butterflies were used in art installations during the summer designed by Norwich University of the Arts students. These installations at Holkham Hall’s Walled Garden and The Assembly House in Norwich created a kaleidoscope of colour and created a beautiful displays for the public to enjoy.
The butterflies have also travelled far and wide as we held over 25 pop-up painting events and stalls over the year.
Thank you to everybody who has supported this campaign throughout the year, including everybody who has purchased a butterfly, the sponsors who provided their services and support and volunteers including staff from Aviva, Tiger Eye Consulting, Ashtons Legal and Nationwide, as well as many individuals and our colleagues from across The Benjamin Foundation. Particular thanks to Flight for Youth Headline Sponsor, Norwich High School for Girls.
In addition to this we would like to thank the people who bought a butterfly to donate to a local school, hospital or care home. In total we received 30 butterflies that were donated to Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Harford Manor School and Larchwood Care Home.
As 2019 draws to a close, our butterflies continue to take flight. Let them inspire you and help us to bring hope, opportunity, stability and independence for the next 25 years to local children, young people and families who need our support by purchasing a butterfly of your own here.
Thank you to those who held fundraising events for us!
We were invited to be one of the chosen charities at a Golf Day at Bawburgh Golf Club, which raised £3000!
We were kindly invited by Lord and Lady Walpole as their chosen charity of the year to organise their Charity Open Day at Mannington Hall this year. We ran a café, hosted stalls, provided music and supported tours of the hall with all proceeds being donated to our charity. This event raised nearly £2000 and was a great success.
In addition, many of our sponsors have held events and run activities over the past year to support our work including Kingsley Healthcare who purchased 300 butterflies for their residents so they could paint them for display as part of our installations. They also provided a photo booth and raffle for our birthday celebration event at The Forum in October and their homes raised us over £500 for us. Right Angle Events have held CSI events as parts of this year’s Science Festival in Norwich and have been collecting money at the end of their events and at their offices. Thank you also to Sequin Art, who are donating 50p from every sale of a butterfly design on their website. They also donated their takings at our birthday celebration event!
Celebrating at The Forum in October
We officially turned 25 in October so we held a celebration at The Forum in Norwich on Sunday 27th October 2019. The event gave visitors an insight into our services and provided a great day full of interactive and creative activities, including the opportunity for young people to try out The Curiosity Approach used within our nurseries, to get arty with the Nurtured Heart Approach, to share ideas for a new youth club and to make a pledge to support our work in the future. It also featured an art installation titled ‘Unknown Tomorrows’ and the day’s events were captured by Artist, Rebecca Osborne, as well as music by Violist, Alison Sparrow. Several sponsors were also keen to support this event, which raised £1,300.
A Special Animation
Luke Sorrell, a former Norwich University of the Arts student also created a special animation video, which you can view below.
Thank you to everybody who has helped us to celebrate turning 25!
It’s an eye-opening experience – I can’t imagine having to do this day in, day out. The best thing is seeing so many people taking part.