£800,000 raised over 28 years for activities for children with life-limiting conditions: that’s the record of Northern Lights charity (founded as the Christopher Johnson Fund).
Over 100 guests at Neston Cricket Club witnessed the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service awarded to the charity on behalf of the Quenn by Mr David Briggs MBE, KStJ, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire. He said, “Northern Lights were nominated for their volunteer work in the community since its founding and were assessed by a panel of Deputy Lords-Lieutenant on the benefit the charity brings to the local community and its standing within it. Rarely have I seen such a wholehearted endorsement that the panel gave to Northern Lights.”
Northern Lights raises funds to give children with life limiting illnesses the unique experience of a very special holiday they will never forget. Every December, the charity takes a group of children, aged between 6 and 11, on a 5-day holiday to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland to meet Father Christmas.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Charity, Chairman Karen Jones thanked not just her fellow committee members, but the hundreds and thousands of people who had helped with donations and with organising and attending fund-raising events over the years.
“We have now been able to expand our activities so that as well as continuing to benefit children in the north-west others in the north-east can participate. This year we will be able to take 30 children to Lapland to enjoy that feeling of freedom and independence that so often they have been unable to experience.
“Our committee has expanded over the years – we now number 11 people – including a new, younger generation and we hope that they will be taking an increasing responsibility for the future of the charity”.
Following the ceremony guests and supporters enjoyed afternoon tea and convivial chat.