Supporters who took part in The Childhood Trust Christmas Give at The Big Give – the country’s biggest online match funding campaign – have raised nearly £16,000.
Such generous giving will enable even more children to benefit from A Rocha UK’s education programme at its West London nature reserve Wolf Fields.
‘You did it!’ said chair of trustees Steve Hughes. ‘From all of us at A Rocha UK – thank you! This will boost our primary school events – encouraging more children to discover wildflowers, explore ponds and other habitats.
‘Our Christmas list includes new materials for storytelling and craft activities. We want to build a sheltered storytelling arena at Wolf Fields and continue to fund an Education Officer.’
The Childhood Trust Christmas Give at The Big Give took place at midday on 4th and 5th December. Match funding was offered on a first-come first-served basis. Supporters went online and clicked away to make sure their money could go twice as far.
‘We really do appreciate the backing of our supporters,’ said Steve, ‘and this matched funding has doubled their impact. This is seriously big news for us.’
Wolf Fields is a three-acre site in Norwood Green, which until recently was used for dumping rubbish, drug-related activities and alcohol abuse. With the help of local volunteers, A Rocha UK is transforming the site into a multi-purpose wildlife area.
‘We want the children of West London to have more opportunities to learn about the natural world – in their own local community,’ Steve explained.
‘More than 40 per cent of Southall residents were born outside the UK, and many don’t know about native species or habitats. Our education events encourage children to discover nature’s wonders.’ (Photo of Wolf Fields celebration by JJ)