The Charities supported by the Barton Gardens Festival in 2019 are listed below.
Last year the Barton family festival donated £2,000 towards our work. This was used to support our winter night shelter which opened on December 2nd 2018. During the 119 nights we were open, we supported 116 individual homeless people, served over 5,000 hot meals and 16,427 hot drinks. This was only made possible with the support of local churches and the community, donations and 130 volunteers who gave up their time to help us.
At YMCA Burton we believe that everyone deserves a place to call home and to be supported in times of crisis. We are an independent Christian charity committed to helping people in times of need, regardless of gender, race, ability or faith.
We are dedicated to providing a supportive and safe environment for those who are homeless with 71 rooms over 3 sites. As well as accommodation we provide practical and emotional support so that clients can address their past and learn practical skills for the future. A dedicated team of counsellors support clients and mediation volunteers support clients and we run a foodbank issuing emergency food parcels to those in crisis. 1,533 parcels were distributed during 2018, providing food for over 2,000 people. We have 4 shops providing affordable furniture and low cost white goods for families across East Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
We thank you for supporting us again for 2019.
Saxon Hill Academy
Funds raised at the festival will go towards providing special playground equipment - a roundabout and swings - which can be used by children in wheelchairs. Saxon Hill is a Special Academy for children and young people with physical disabilities and complex medical needs aged between 2 and 19 years. Based in Lichfield, it serves families from South East Staffordshire.
“When you see these children, all with severe disabilities, at play you realise that those in wheelchairs are somewhat excluded. Experiments of just lying the children on a trampoline and gently bouncing along side them brought such joy that the school looked at all-inclusive equipment,” said John May, of Lichfield and District Lions Club which is raising funds for the project. The total cost of the equipment is £5,000. The roundabout has been purchased but more money is needed to buy the swings and work to prepare the playground for installation.
Footprints Orphanage was set up in the Shimba Hills region of Kenya in 2010 by Stretton woman, Kerry Wanjala, in the hope of helping orphaned children, many of whom lost their parents to HIV and AIDS.
Kerry first visited the country in 2007 to work as a volunteer at a primary school in Majimboni village and found her visit life-changing so set out to build an orphanage for children who did not have access to shelter, food or water.
She bought an acre of land with a source of fresh clear water close to the village and built two structures to include dormitories to house up to 18 children, two washing areas, a kitchen and a communal area for eating and studying.
Students at John Taylor High School in Barton have been supporting the charity, which was close to the hearts of Holly Brown and her family. Last year they raised more than £4,000 in memory of Holly. The money was used to help refit a community room called The Holly Brown - Learning for Life Zone.
The Parish Church of St James
For 486 years, the church has stood in the heart of the village. It
is open to everyone, every day, for people of all ages to rest, reflect
and pray. It too will be supported.
£1,500 donated to St James Church after the 2017 event.