Local charity raises over £14,000 at charity balll

Unique Kidz and Co held their 5th annual Charity Ball at The Villa Levens, Kendal, raising £14441.74 on the night.

The event was attended by 210 guests and supported by Carnforth Print and Design and Kris Knight of ‘Reclaim your PPI LTD’.

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception and a three-course meal with live music by The Seals, and were treated to a viewing of a film about the charity made by SQ Digital, one of the charity’s corporate partners.

The night also included an auction which raised nearly £6000 with a range of prizes that had been donated from businesses including Lakeland Lodges, Storth Machinery and Diamond Shine.

Denise Armer, co-founder of Unique Kidz and Co, said: “We are blown away by the generosity our guests have shown once again and also all the local businesses that supported us.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all our guests for joining us and making the evening unforgettable.”

The charity was founded in 2009 by Jane Halpin and Denise Armer; two mums who had struggled for years to find any childcare that was suitable for their disabled children.

Eight years later, the charity now runs from its own building in Morecambe and supports more than 130 children and young adults.

In addition to its original services of specialist afterschool and holiday clubs, the charity now also runs ‘4Ever Unique’, a daytime support service for young adults aged 16-25 with disabilities.

They’ve also introduced ‘Stay and Play’, a group that meets twice a week and supports children under the age of 5, and a Siblings Group that runs twice a month.

The money raised will go towards continuing the vital work that the charity provides.

Sheryl Ainsworth of Lakeland Lodges said: “Being a small family business, we find it important to support other small local businesses and charities. We are very proud to support ‘Unique Kidz and Co’.”

A massive thank you from all at Unique Kidz to everyone who attended and made the evening such a success!

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