CHARITY CELEBRATIONS TAKE WING
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 benjaminfoundation.co.uk email [email protected]jaminfoundation.co.uk or call 01603 886 933.
Abbie-Jayne Craske and the ceramic butterflies