EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

Nor­folk char­ity The Ben­jamin Foun­da­tion, which has played a cru­cial role in tack­ling youth home­less­ness and help­ing fam­i­lies to build stronger re­la­tion­ships, will be 25 years old this year.

In or­der to cel­e­brate its sil­ver an­niver­sary, the char­ity, founded in 1994 by Richard Draper and his wife Vanessa fol­low­ing the death of their 17-year-old son Ben in a mo­tor­cy­cle accident, is to pro­duce up to 25,000 pot­tery but­ter­flies glazed in one of its four dis­tinct colours – pink, pur­ple, or­ange and red.

Peo­ple are be­ing in­vited to pur­chase a but­ter­fly, but be­fore they can take them home the but­ter­flies will be used in a dra­matic art in­stal­la­tion at the As­sem­bly House in Nor­wich and Holkham Hall on the north Nor­folk coast in July and Au­gust.

Schools, care homes and or­gan­i­sa­tions can also buy unglazed but­ter­flies, which they can dec­o­rate them­selves and sub­mit to The Ben­jamin Foun­da­tion to be in­cluded in the in­stal­la­tion.

As well as the sale of the but­ter­flies, the char­ity is ap­peal­ing to com­pa­nies in the re­gion to get be­hind the Flight for Youth cam­paign, which aims to raise a sig­nif­i­cant sum in the next quar­ter cen­tury, through spon­sor­ship.

The launch event at the As­sem­bly House heard a mov­ing ac­count from Ab­bie-Jayne Craske of how the foun­da­tion helped her at a dif­fi­cult time in her life.

The char­ity has also opened regis­tra­tion for the Nor­wich Sleep Out at Nor­wich City Football Club, Car­row Road on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 14. This is the fifth an­nual Nor­wich Sleep Out event and this year The Ben­jamin Foun­da­tion is hop­ing that more peo­ple than ever will get in­volved.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to ben­jam­in­foun­da­ email [email protected]­jam­in­foun­da­ or call 01603 886 933.

Ab­bie-Jayne Craske and the ce­ramic but­ter­flies

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