2019 marks our 25th anniversary. Our charity helps people across Norfolk and Suffolk to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them. Whether it’s the prevention of youth homelessness, helping families to build stronger relationships or providing positive activities for young people with limited opportunities in life, our work brings hope, opportunity, stability and independence to the people it supports.
As part of the celebrations to observe this milestone, the Norfolk and Suffolk charity has created two high-profile art installations called Flight for Youth which will feature up to 25,000 pottery butterflies glazed in our charity’s four distinct colours – pink, purple, orange or red. The public are being invited to purchase a butterfly but before taking receipt of their commemorative artwork the butterflies are being used to create two dramatic installations at The Assembly House in Norwich and in the Walled Garden at Holkham Hall.
Colin Lang MBE, Special Projects Manager who has created the appeal explains:
“When planning how to mark our anniversary we decided that it must be something that anyone could be a part of and Flight for Youth does just that. By purchasing one of our ceramic butterflies, the public is not only supporting our charity, they are becoming part of a very special celebration. Obviously the 25th anniversary is a great opportunity to raise much-needed funds to carry the charity into another quarter century, but equally important is the chance it creates to raise the profile of the incredible work The Benjamin Foundation does across Norfolk and Suffolk.”
We have received incredible support from businesses and organisations who have got behind the campaign, including Norwich High School for Girls who are headline sponsors. In addition, Norfolk’s bus provider Konectbus is lending their support. The company, which operates Konectbus, Hedingham and Chambers has created four unique commemorative buses which are each named after the four cornerstones of the work our charity does; Hope, Opportunity, Stability and Independence.
Jeremy Cooper – Managing Director for Konectbus said:
“The Benjamin Foundation is a worthwhile cause and here at Konectbus we wanted to support their 25th anniversary. The four buses we are creating will have an eye-catching design, which will really help push the message of The Benjamin Foundation. ”
Konectbus is the largest bus operator for the region, with eight million passenger journeys made each year on its services, employing over 400 people. They have recently announced that from 7th July buses to the Airport Park & Ride will run later, until 20:30 on Mondays to Saturdays and the evening frequency is being increased up to every 20 minutes. In addition, Sprowston Park & Ride will have two later evening journeys Mondays to Saturdays, and journeys to Thickthorn will run until 22:20, which is a huge help for people wanting a night in the city to enjoy a meal or even a late visit to see Flight for Youth at The Assembly House. Similarly, later buses to Thickthorn will commence at Norwich Rail Station, which is not only ideal for commuters, but also useful for those wishing to visit the installation.
Jeremy Cooper explains:
“These improvements tie in beautifully with the launch of Flight for Youth and we hope that we will be instrumental in helping to get as many people to the installation at The Assembly House as possible. As a company we are always looking at initiatives, such as contactless payment which has recently been introduced, to make using the bus even more convenient.”
Colin Lang adds:
“We are so grateful to Konectbus for their tremendous support. It is important not just to get as many people to visit Flight for Youth as possible, it is also vital that the public is aware of the work the charity does in this region and using the buses to spread the word will make a real impact.”
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