13 November 2015
Firecracker Ball changes the lives of children in the region
Ahead of this weekend’s Firecracker Ball, one of the most celebrated events on Yorkshire’s fundraising calendar which raises considerable funds, Barnardo’s reflects on the fundraising to date and how it has changed the lives of children in Yorkshire.
Barnardo’s believes in children. We make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in Yorkshire.
To do that we need help - the sort of help the Firecracker Ball has so marvellously given us for thirteen years now, raising an amazing £1,700,000. That is an extraordinary amount of money and it has made a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in Yorkshire.
The Director of Barnardo’s in Yorkshire, Steve Oversby said:
“Everyone at Barnardo’s would like to say a massive thank you to the Firecracker Ball Committee, and those who attend the Ball, for all they have done and continue to do to help Yorkshire’s most vulnerable children. Their hard work and dedication over thirteen years has raised this phenomenal amount of money – money that gives chances, improves lives and transforms futures.
“The Barnardo’s logo carries a simple statement that sums us up - we believe in children. We support some of the most vulnerable young people in the county – including those growing up in poverty, those living in care, those who have been sexually abused and the young carers who provide vital care for their loved ones. It is so important to us that the Firecracker Ball Committee, through all it does, shows it believes in children too.”
Last year’s Ball raised a fantastic final total of £207,000 for Barnardo’s services that work with young carers across Yorkshire – children and young people whose lives are affected by caring for a family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental health difficulties, a sensory or learning disability or has a problematic use of drugs or alcohol.
These children and young people continually put others needs before their own and in doing so restrict their own opportunities to have a childhood, enjoy school and learning and, for some, to feel safe and cared for at home.
Many young carers are happy and proud to care for their loved ones, but they need choice, support and flexibility to make sure these responsibilities do not damage their own health and wellbeing.
Barnardo’s young carers’ services support the whole family to improve the independence of the person requiring care and by doing so reduce the impact caring has on young shoulders. They have a wealth of knowledge of available local support, and work to raise awareness of young carers’ needs and rights.
Last year, donations helped to pay for:
• 1-1 work and work with groups of young people to help improve their confidence and self-esteem, helping them cope with stress, bullying and health issues
• residential breaks that fight the isolation of caring and give young carers the important space and time to make friends, develop social skills and just be able to be a child
• travel costs so that young adult carers can travel to and from university and continue supporting the person they care for
• trips out to the seaside for young carers who otherwise would have no opportunity to relax and enjoy their childhoods – something people with no caring responsibilities take for granted
• first Aid training for groups of young carers, so that they have the skill and knowledge to help those they care for in an emergency - a vital skill for young carers that gives them greater confidence and reduces their anxiety
• work developing Young Carers Cards to raise awareness of what young carers do and ultimately help raise educational standards for young carers by allowing schools to understand what they do.
The Firecracker Ball is taking place at Rudding Park, on Saturday 14th November, and organisers are hoping to reach a target of £2m raised for Barnardo’s since it became its chosen charity in 2002.
There is a ‘once upon a time’ themed backdrop playing host to this year’s celebrations and Texas will be playing to the hundreds of guests at the black tie event.
In addition huge names from the world of entertainment, business, sport and beyond have united to donate a spectacular collection of exclusive items and once-in-a-lifetime auction and raffle prize opportunities.
Sir Richard Branson, Daniel Craig, Bruce Oldfield, Ben De Lisi, Aled Jones, Duran Duran and Sir Alex Ferguson are among the celebrities offering personalised prizes.
The online auction is open to everyone and is now live. It will close at 16:00 on the day of The Firecracker Ball and bids will then be transferred to the evening’s live auction. All online bidders, including those not attending the event, will have the option to enter a maximum bid.
For more information and your chance to bid on these money can’t buy auction prizes, please visit http://fcbauction.co.uk/lite-ui/
If you would like to find out more about the event please visit www.thefirecrackerball.co.uk. Firecracker 2016 will take place on 12th November; it is never too early to find out how to be a sponsor, donate a prize, or book tickets!