Congleton charity Ruby’s Fund has been named as Cheshire law firm SAS Daniels LLP’s charity for the year. The charity, which is raising money to open a fully inclusive sensory centre and social cafe for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs in 2014, will be the focus of the firm’s fundraising for the year.
Volunteers from Ruby’s Fund, founded in 2008 by two local mums, will visit SAS Daniels’ offices in Congleton, Chester, Stockport and Macclesfield and talk to the staff about the work of the charity and how they can help raise money. Ideas include dress down and bake days, and money has already been raised by members of staff participating in the Manchester Fun Run in fancy dress and in a charity cricket match. The firm is also providing legal services to the charity as it nears the launch of its centre.
The charity was founded as a direct response to a lack of practical assistance, social support and multi-sensory services for children with additional needs and their families, friends and carers. Nurse Alison Parr and Alix Wisener, a health visitor, identified a need for specialist services in Congleton, Cheshire when Alison’s daughter Ruby was born with a rare chromosome disorder called IDIC 15 which means Ruby has severe global developmental delay and epilepsy.
Alison, trustee and chair of the charity, said “We’ve been working very hard to raise the money for the centre, and we’re delighted to be able to count on the support of SAS Daniels. The services we provide are completely lacking in the local area, so it’s great that local businesses are prepared to step in and help us.”
Helen Gowin, partner and head of the Congleton office at SAS Daniels, said “We believe that it’s important we are part of the local community as a firm, and that means supporting other local organisations. We need to support each other to ensure that those with additional needs can get access to the best treatment, support and care as close to home as possible.”
For more information about the charity, and to find out how it can be supported, please visit www.rubysfund.co.uk.