The Maypole Project, a charity supporting children in Southwark with complex medical needs, is throwing a special Anniversary Ball as part of its 15th birthday celebration, writes Christopher Carey…
The event will take place on September 29th at the Conrad London St James hotel. Chief executive Sally Flatteau Taylor, said: “The Maypole Project provides a lifeline of support for children with life threatening illnesses and their families– from counselling and support groups, to activities including sports clubs, drumming workshops and soft play sessions.’’
The project currently has over 75 volunteers and provides tailored support to over 1000 children and families across South East London every year.
Ms Flatteau Taylor added: “At the moment, we are only able to reach 30% of the families in the South East London area who need our help and our vision is to personally support each and every one.
“To do this, of course, we need to continue to increase the amount raised each year.
“The ball promises to not only be a fantastic night out but your support at this event will help us continue and build upon our great work to date.”
One parent, whose son has autism, learning disabilities and epilepsy said: “I started to access the services that The Maypole Project offer when my youngest daughter was 3 years old, feeling rather overwhelmed at the thought of bringing her up alongside my son.
“I first used the befriending service which was very useful and helped me to get my head around all that was occurring within my life.
“My daughter then began utilising the sibling support group which helped greatly.
“The Maypole Project organises many activities and outings which enable my child with special needs to be alongside their sibling which is lovely, and something which not many other services provide.
“My daughter recently attended a sibling only trip to a pony farm where she was able to ride a pony.
“She loved the trip and it was great for her to be surrounded by other children who were in the same position as her.
“This trip was followed by an all-inclusive trip, which my son and daughter could attend together.
“My son attends many other clubs, such as swimming, which cater specifically for his needs, but can leave my daughter feeling rather left out, so this unique aspect of The Maypole Project is brilliant.
“The staff on these trips are amazing, and through a combination of experienced staff and younger volunteers this helps to ensure that the trip is as exciting as possible for all the children attending.”
Tickets for the Anniversary Ball cost £80 and include a drinks reception, 3 course dinner, live music, charity auction and dancing until late.
To purchase tickets or find out more about how you can support the Maypole Project, call 01689 851596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.