A Manx charity is celebrating its phenomenal success to date, just one year since its launch.
‘Manx Miracles’ had set itself a two-year target of raising £80,000 to build a new Sensory Playroom at the Island’s Pre-School Assessment Centre (PSAC) in Pulrose, but thanks to the overwhelming generosity of local residents and businesses, it has achieved this target in less than twelve months – and is preparing to announce what its second ‘Miracle’ will be.
The charity was founded by local mum, Louise Connor, whose son, Harrison, uses the PSAC regularly. The centre is a vital resource for not only his parents, but the families of many Manx children under the age of five who suffer from a multitude of medical conditions or learning difficulties.
The new Sensory Playroom will help youngsters to develop their audio, visual, oral and vestibular skills, which will help them in their journey through childhood and into adulthood. It is estimated the PSAC supports more than 150 Manx families every year.
Louise commented: “We are astonished to have reached our target so quickly. It would not have been possible without the generosity of the Manx public and I am absolutely overwhelmed by just how much they have embraced Manx Miracles and supported our mission.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank from the bottom of my heart all of the members of the Miracle Team who have made this happen as, without them, the new Sensory Playroom would not be possible. There are so many people, businesses, groups and schools to thank; it is incredibly humbling to have received such phenomenal support and I don’t have the words to express my sincerest thanks. Now that the funding has been secured for the Sensory Room and planning has been approved, it is hoped the building will be completed by September 2014.”
To celebrate the first anniversary of Manx Miracles next Friday, 4 April, the charity has planned a series of birthday celebrations including turning the Island purple and pink through dress down days and cake bakes. The Miracle Team is also looking for other fundraising ideas for the charity’s first birthday, and is encouraging anyone who can – or would like to – help to get in touch.
It is also hosting an Easter Family Fun Day on Sunday 13 April at Nobles Park as part of the first anniversary celebrations, with the aim of having lots of fun whilst raising vital funds to transform the lives of children.
As the charity moves into its second year, Louise is taking a well deserved break and the charity’s Trustees have appointed a full-time Fundraising Manager to co-ordinate its second ‘Miracle’. Tina Lawton has joined the team from Hospice Isle of Man, and will manage all fundraising activities on a daily basis, as well as liaise with local businesses and groups planning fundraising activities and help to raise the profile of the work being done by the charity.
The second ‘Miracle’ is in the process of being chosen by the charity’s Trustees, and will be announced shortly. Tina commented: “I am very excited to join Manx Miracles at such an important time in its development, and to be working for such a fantastic charity that touches the lives of so many people. I would like to sincerely thank all of the local groups and businesses who have supported Manx Miracles during our first year, and really look forward to working with many more over the next 12 months and beyond.”
To find out more about the work of Manx Miracles, or to contact the charity, please log onto www.manxmiracles.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tina Lawton on 07624 208020.