Charities

Key103's Cash for Kids to collect toys for deprived children at Winter Wonderland's Santa's Workshop.

Help us to ensure they have a smile on their faces on Christmas Day!

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Last year, the overwhelming generosity of people like you across Manchester helped ensure over 2 million pounds worth of gifts were distributed to 51,000 children protecting the magic of Christmas, giving children the chance to be kids on Christmas Day. Key 103's Cash for Kids wants to give even more youngsters a Christmas to remember this year, but we can't do it without your help.

What's your best memory of Christmas morning? Seeing Father Christmas' half-eaten mince pie, and Rudolph's leftover carrot? Dragging your parents downstairs to unwrap what seemed like a mountain of shiny, colourfully wrapped presents? Or spending hours playing with new toys alongside your family, while all is merry and bright around you?

It's the type of Christmas every child should have, but seems hopelessly out of reach for one in three kids in Manchester whose families can't afford a hot meal in the evening, or to switch the heating on as the weather outside turns frightful.

There are 1 in 3 children who are living in poverty and we would like to ensure that Santa has enough presents to distribute on Christmas eve so that everyone wakes up to a surprise gift on Christmas morning.

For these families Christmas is a luxury they can't afford. These children will wake to very little on Christmas day. Our Mission is to fill Santa's sleigh so that he can ensure that those families with very little wake up to a magical gift this Christmas morning.

Find out more about Key 103's Cash for Kids mission at www.key103.co.uk/mission

BBC Radio Manchester’s Children in Need auction raises an incredible £27,000, beating last year’s total by £6,000!

Winter Wonderland Charity Night 2015

KIND WORDS FROM OUR CHARITIES

Wates Living Space West

On behalf of the Wates & Canada Street guests, can I say a huge thanks to you and your husband for making us welcome last night - fantastic event you’ve got and the feedback we’re getting is everybody had a great time!

Liam

Warrington Disability Partnership

We all had a wonderful night. Please pass on our thanks its was lovely and it seems a bit more like Christmas.

Janis Williams

Ronald McDonald House Manchester

The families had a lovely time so thank you for helping us to support them!

Anna Bullock

Bury Downs Syndrome Support Group

Thank you for doing a Charity evening, everyone had a fantastic time, it's easy to go on rides several times as it wasn't too busy. It was really clean and had well maintained rides and facilities, we were even allowed to bump the bumper cars as they were well protected. Even at full price I feel it is very good value for money and the circus stars were amazing.

Anne-Marie Kilgour

Destination Florida

Thank you so much everyone had a wonderful evening. Once again thank you all very much for the wonderful donation of the tickets!

Ann Billington

Trafford Deaf Children's Society

On behalf of the families from Trafford Deaf Children's Society who visited Winter Wonderland on Monday may I say a huge thank-you for hosting such a brilliant charity evening and giving them such an amazing experience! The children had an absolutely fantastic time made extra special by discovering that Father Christmas himself and his elf were deaf too! They were able to fully enjoy Elsa and Anna with the signing elf on stage with them and the huge range of rides and stalls and games were mesmerising for them! The feedback I have had from the families has all been that the children enjoyed it very much and personally I thought it was well organised, accessible, magical and the cheerful and talented staff made it an evening to remember! Many thanks for allocating us the tickets and for setting aside a whole evening for charities - it really was appreciated and made a big difference to our families.

Lynn Chipperfield

Time Saving Hero

Everyone who attended as part of The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity had a wonderful time. We have spoken to one of the Mum's that we support, Charlene LeBlanc who attended with her daughter Ava.
Charlene said: "We all had a fantastic time at Winter Wonderland. Ava loved all the different rides she could go on and she really didn't want to leave. We also enjoyed watching the Ice Princess show and afterwards Ava got a chance to meet her favourite princesses, Anna and Elsa. We'll definitely be going back next year."
Dawn Fidler, co-founder of the charity added: "It was amazing to be able to attend the charity preview of the Winter Wonderland this year. There is so much to see and do, and all our families had an amazing time. All the staff were so helpful, and it was lovely to see that everyone was fully included and made to feel welcome. The attention to detail was brilliant and our families have made some very happy memories together at this special time of year. Thank you for including us, we all had a magical time."

Lu Etchells

St Rocco's Hospice

Thank you so much for kindly donating tickets to St. Rocco's Hospice for the Winter Wonderland. Tickets were used by some of the patients from our Day Therapy Centre and their young families, a family who are involved with counselling and Family Support, as well as a family who are currently using our Hospice at Home service. Some of the nursing staff, therapists, and housekeeping staff were also able to enjoy an evening out with their families.

Below is a quote from one of the people who attended;

"The kids really enjoyed it and Santa was great, the presents off Santa were good quality and the kids loved seeing the reindeer! There was no queue for the rides and they just had a really lovely evening – thanks again!"

"Merry Christmas from everyone at St. Rocco's – thank you again for your kindness and generosity."

Sophie Birch

West Lancashire Community High School

Fantastic people at Winter Wonderland, I would like to thank you for the amazing experience you have given our disabled pupils and their families. I don't think you can fully appreciate how you have touched sooooooo many people's hearts and given them memories they will treasure for ever. I have been inundated with responses from their time spent with you and it has filled my heart with joy to know how much they got from your generosity. I would like to wish a seasonal greeting from myself and on behalf of the pupils, parents, carers and staff of West Lancashire Community High School.

Sharon Thorpe

Once Upon a Smile

Our families were lucky enough to receive 80 tickets for the Winter Wonderland and it was a magical experience for all. Christmas is a very difficult time for many of our bereaved families and this evening brought some much needed smiles!

Kelly Willison

Wigan & Leigh Young Carers

I was privileged to escort some Wigan and Leigh Young carers to this event kindly assisted by the giving of free tickets from the organisers. The whole experience for the children was phenomenal some because of their caring duties had never been to such an event.

There was so much on offer it was impossible to get around to see everything, the variety of many attractions was mind boggling from Stage Shows, Circus, Bronco Rides and many, many more.

I am sure the children will remember it for many years, the joy and excitement on their faces said it all.

Young child lost their coat – staff went out of their way to find it – Brilliant evening – thank you!

On behalf of the kids Thank you So much for giving them an unforgettable day of wonder and allowing some me time for them.

The children said:

• "It was awesome don't get any better than that"
• "Can we go next year, - please"

Trevor Lewis

Winter Wonderland Charity Night 2014

Deafness Support Network and the Richard Sharp Sensory Project

Dear Tammy, Billy and all the wonderful team at the Winter Wonderland Manchester,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all your team for the generosity and kindness that you have shown to Deafness Support Network and the Richard Sharp Sensory Project.

All of the people who attended the charity event at the Winter Wonderland had a brilliant night, they especially appreciated the signing Santa Claus and signing choir. It made the event so much more accessible and special for all of the sign language users who attended.

We would also like to thank you for the opportunity to have a stand at your event to raise awareness of our New Project the Richard Sharp Sensory Project and for the £836.40 raised through ticket sales and £170 raised in donations throughout the event. We had some great feedback from people who may wish to access the service in the future. We also had some great support from celebrities at the event such as Richard Cadell and the Sooty Show, Wes Brown and Kolo Toure. We hope that we can work with you again and aim to make our stand better and more successful for 2015.

With Kindest Regards and Best Wishes,

Wendy Steadman on Behalf of Deafness Support Network and the Richard Sharp Sensory Project

Once Upon a Smile

A message from one of our families:

"I have not seen our boys smile like that since their Dad died last year. This was the first time since my husband’s death that we have been out as a family, although it was difficult for us without him, it was one of the best evenings we have ever experienced. Thank you so much for giving us something to smile about during the festive period."

Rainbow House

Thank you to Winter Wonderland Manchester for allowing 7 of our families to visit their amazing indoor 'Christmas Theme Park' last Friday. All the families had a wonderful time on all of the rides, meeting Anna and Elsa, seeing the Sooty show and the Circus and of course... meeting Santa himself! It was an action packed evening. Thanks again, Winter Wonderland is highly recommended by us!

Leisure for Autism

We’re so grateful to Winter Wonderland for staging this special charity evening. The youngsters that we support are all autistic and struggle to cope with crowds, queues and “babble”. The special evening meant that they were able to enjoy an activity that most other youngsters would take for granted and the feedback from their parents has been universally positive. I attended the event with my own son and he had a wonderful time – I really can’t thank you enough, on a personal level and on behalf of the families that we support.

John Corker
Chairman, Leisure for Autism

Breaking Barriers

The feedback we've had from the Charity evening has been amazing. The experience you gave the families from our organisation has been a once in a lifetime acceptance, understanding and inclusion for many and for tall the chance to take part in something as a family without being judged or belittled.

Without exception all of the children had the most fantastic time and everybody thoroughly appreciated the level of customer service, empathy and patience the staff and organisers had.

From an administrative point of view all the representatives of the Event Management Team were courteous, polite, friendly and helpful - even managing to sort out an 11th hour ticketing trauma!

Thank you so much for allocating us some tickets and so allowing some of our families to visit a wonderful event that would otherwise have been impossible for them to manage.

Steph Sherratt
Breaking Barriers NW


Charities we have supported

The following is a list of charities that benefited from our donation of tickets to the charity evening at Winter Wonderland.