Coutts Isle of Man has donated £2,820 to The Children’s Centre to help families and children during the festive season. The donation will go towards supporting the charity’s Christmas Child Contact Centre, a Christmas party for foster children, and providing tickets for children to take a trip on the Santa Train. Juana Warburton, Development Manager at The Children’s Centre, said:
“We’re extremely grateful to Coutts Isle of Man for this very generous donation. As Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall during midweek this year, the donation will enable us to provide two extra special Christmas Contact Centre days on December 21 and 28 rather than the usual one. The Contact Centre, which is entirely reliant upon charitable funding and is free to clients, currently works with 20 families and 24 children enabling parents, grandparents, and siblings to spend meaningful time with a child they are unable to live with due to separation or divorce. Funds will also go towards the Christmas party our Fostering Team is organising for around 40 foster children and the birth children of their foster carers. Coutts’ donation will allow us to pay for a children’s entertainer, presents and goody bags to make the party extra special.”
In addition, The Children’s Centre will distribute tickets for the Santa Trains purchased with funds from the Coutts donation. The tickets will go to children and families already working with the charity’s Family Centres and early intervention services such as Thriving Families, and other agencies including the Women’s Refuge.
David Batey, Director, Coutts Isle of Man, said:
“Coutts has a long history of philanthropy and is delighted to support The Children’s Centre with these three projects which will make a difference to local families this Christmas. The Children’s Centre provides invaluable services to the Isle of Man community and we are pleased to build on Coutts’ association with the charity following our sponsorship of the successful Suits On Bikes event earlier this year.”
In September this year Coutts Isle of Man sponsored The Children’s Centre’s Suits On Bikes event which challenged notable business figures to leave their cars at home and instead cycle to work wearing a suit and tie. It raised £2,548 for the charity and concluded with a celebratory breakfast at Noa Bakehouse. The success of this inaugural event has inspired The Children’s Centre to start planning an even bigger and better Suits On Bikes week in 2014.