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Tom Winnifrith

Woodlarks 2019 Christmas Grotto Appeal

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My story

[p][b]THANK YOU EVERYONE![/b][/p][p][b]We've reached our goal of £3000 for the 2019 appeal for the Woodlands Camp Grotto. Thank you for making Christmas just a little bit happier for a lot of kids.[/b][/p][p][b]ShareProphets[/b][/p][p]==============================================[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]The Christmas Grotto Appeal for Woodlarks[/b][/p][p]The Woodlarks campsite is a special place. On camps throughout the year, but mainly in the summer, it provides a quite unique holiday facility for children and young adults whose disabilities require special facilities that they can obtain nowhere else. Those camps are staffed entirely by volunteers. But at Christmas, Woodlarks is transformed for a few days into a very special but different place. To do this it needs a small amount of your money.[/p][p]During the next few weeks volunteers will transform the grounds at Woodlarks into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa’s Grotto. All of the attractions are designed to be accessibly to two hundred kids from special schools or hospices who will turn up for a quite unique day out. And that will include a present of their choice which will set the charity back by a little under twenty pounds per child.[/p][p]The event which takes place between 9 and 14 December has grown massively over the ten years that the Woodlarks team have been running it and for the last four years Woodlarks has had more than 200 children visit each year. [/p][p]All of the children will have complex additional needs, which means that for a great number of them, they would not be able to access other grottos. Woodlarks volunteers give their time freely to make this event special and those volunteers have already raised a good amount to support this year’s event. But more is needed.[/p][p]To ensure that the Grotto is fully funded and is not a drain on other activities at the camp we need to raise an additional £3,000. If you can spare just a few quid to help us please donate today. In advance we thank you.[/p][p][i]The Woodlarks Team[/i][/p][p][b]PS. Tom Winnifrith writes:[/b] plans are already underway for our main fund raising event for Woodlarks each year, the 33 mile Rogue Bloggers walk in the summer. The fourth walk is going to be on a different, one mile longer, route than the first three and takes place on June 13 2020 and I will be badgering everyone I know to ensure that we raised even more than the £50,000 we raised in 2019. But that badgering can wait. [/p][p]For now, Christmas looms. It is always a special time of year, especially for those of us blessed with children. And it is a time for giving and for thinking of those less fortunate than ourselves. And it is in that spirit that I ask you to join me in making a donation to the Woodlarks Christmas appeal. [/p][p]I was lucky enough to go down to Woodlarks a couple of Decembers ago to see the Grotto and all the other edifices constructed by Nick Richards and his team at a very special campsite. I know the smiles, laughter and happiness that Woodlarks will generate for folks for whom life is not that easy and for those who care for them.[/p][p]Please join me in making a small donation to this Christmas appeal. In advance I thank you and, if it is not too early, may I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

01 Dec 2019


Nov 7, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 7, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 7, 2019

Fiaz Ahmed

£210.00 plus £52.50 Gift Aid

Nov 7, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 7, 2019


Have a wonderful Christmas.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Nov 7, 2019


Good luck to you and the kids, Tom, well done for taking this on.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Nov 7, 2019

Chris Bailey


Nov 7, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 7, 2019

Don BrownjohnBrighton

I consider you do a grand job for the Woodlarks appeal and I wish you all the best in future fund raising.


Nov 7, 2019


£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid