As part of the celebrations to observe our 25 anniversary this year, we are busy creating a high-profile, visually appealing art installations called Flight for Youth which will feature up to 25,000 glazed pottery butterflies glazed in the 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 piece the butterflies are being used to create two dramatic installations, at The Assembly House and 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. We were thrilled to launch the butterflies to the public in March and the aim now is to sell as many as possible, as all profits from the campaign will help our charity continue to deliver the work we do for another quarter century.”

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.

Plain ceramic butterflies are also being sold at £12 each and can be decorated with acrylic or enamel paint. We are also inviting those with a creative streak to get involved by decorating their own butterfly and entering it into a competition to win £100 of gift vouchers. Throughout the summer, those wishing to enter the competition can submit pictures of their unique butterflies on social media @CharityTBF using the hashtag #MyTBFButterfly.

Details of the terms and conditions can be found at All entries will then be judged by an independent panel, with 25 being shortlisted to go on display and to a public vote at a family fun day to mark the charity’s actual birthday in October.

Colin Lang adds:

“The plain butterflies are a way for those with creative flair to really get involved! They are also a great idea for group activities and we have created packs for schools and care homes who might want their students or residents to decorate their own.”

For more information about Flight for Youth or to purchase your butterfly online, click here.


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