Coins for children campaign

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A children’s charity, which has a strong presence in Fenland, is aiming to turn everybody into a fundraiser with the launch of a new fundraising programme. Ormiston Children & Families Trust has created the ‘100,000’ campaign – a series of money-raising events that have been designed with one goal in mind: to enable the charity to continue supporting over 100,000 children and families every year.

Ormiston is kicking-off the series with the ‘100,000 Coins for 100,000 Children’ campaign. The charity is aiming to collect 100,000 current British coins, anything from pennies to pounds, and it is calling for local community groups to get involved. Ormiston is looking for local businesses, schools, churches and youth groups to start collecting loose change, to help it gather all of the coins by February 2013.

Charlotte Garner, Community Fundraiser in Cambridgeshire, said: “100,000 Coins for 100,000 Children is a very simple campaign and it’s so easy for people to join in. There are many different things that people can do to get involved; from having a dress-down day at school or work, holding a raffle or coffee morning, or using coins to do arts and crafts in youth groups; the list is endless.

“Last year Ormiston Children & Families Trust helped over 100,000 children and families across East Anglia through difficult and challenging times in their lives. We’ve set ourselves the same target for this year and we desperately need all the help we can get to succeed.”

Charlotte is also looking for ambassadors for the 100,000 Coins campaign – people to distribute posters to local shops and surgeries and generally spread the word to friends, families and colleagues. If you would like to take part in 100,000 Coins for 100,000 Children, or be an ambassador, please contact Charlotte on 07825 337528 or email charlotte.garner@ormiston.org.

Ormiston will use the money raised to help “make young lives better” in the East of England. In Cambridgeshire the charity runs two children’s centres in March and Chatteris, support services for families affected by imprisonment and the Fenland Playranger and Young People’s Housing projects.