AD – This is a collaborative post with Aspens.
Aspens, a Tunbridge Wells based charity that supports those with learning disabilities, autism and associated learning needs, is releasing a collection of bespoke bookmarks, including a limited number of a ‘lucky’ golden edition, individually designed by those the charity cares for, as it launches its #UnlockingCare campaign.
The challenging past months of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has had, and continues to have, an enormous financial impact on the local social-care charity and it now urgently needs to raise funds to continue providing vital support to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
To enable Aspens, who support children, young people and adults, to continue providing desperately needed services such as round-the-clock care, daily virtual activity sessions and a Live Chat helpline, the charity is launching a six month drive to raise funds by signing up 1000 new regular givers.
Everyone who pledges to donate to Aspens on a monthly basis, whether £5 or £50, will receive the collection of six bespoke bookmarks. The colourful bookmarks, which feature information about each designer, will also be given out to all those buying a book in Aspens’ five Kent and Sussex charity shops and six lucky recipients of a special ‘golden’ bookmark will win a unique gift, handmade by service users at Aspens’ Roebuck Centre.
As well as becoming a regular giver there will be lots more opportunities to support Aspens’ #UnlockingCare campaign over the next six months, including a series of fun events, starting off with a virtual ‘Halloween Spooky 5K’ run this month.
Tunbridge Wells Mayor, Cllr Joy Podbury and her Escort Bob Podbury have pledged their support and will be virtually ‘opening’ the event and Greg Clark, Tunbridge Wells Conservative MP, has said he’ll be putting on his running shoes and joining in to show his support.
Greg Clark said: “The last six months of the Covid crisis have revealed just how essential organisations such as Aspens are. By adapting to the challenges of coronavirus to continue to deliver services to adults and children with disabilities, complex needs and autism, Aspens has helped hundreds of individuals cope during an immensely stressful period while seeing resources stretched to the limit. This is why I hope you will join me in supporting the Aspens 5K Virtual Run to raise funding so that it can continue to do its incredibly valuable work for many more years to come.”
Tina, whose autistic teenage daughter Anna has received support for serious mental health concerns by Aspens’ Family Specialist Support Team over the past months said, “We can’t thank Aspens enough, they have absolutely saved us and we would have been lost without them.”
Robert Shanahan, Aspens CEO said: “It’s been a tough year and it continues to be very challenging for us as a charity. Our services are urgently needed by those that are dependent on us and we desperately want to be able to continue to provide the exceptional level of support that we are currently giving. The bookmarks designed by our service users are fantastic and a wonderful example of the way in which Aspens provides opportunities for those often on the fringes of our society to contribute and live life to its full potential. We sincerely hope people are able to provide this urgently needed support to us by becoming regular givers and I wish everyone the best of luck in finding a lucky golden bookmark! ”
Become a regular giver and help Aspens continue their vital work; sign up HERE.
Register for Aspens Halloween Spooky 5K virtual run (held on weekend of Sat 31 Oct/ Sun 1 Nov) HERE.