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Preston disability charity to receive funding under Christmas bauble scheme

Posted on - 27th December, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Christmas, People, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Christine Singleton

Barton Grange Garden Centre is raising funds for a local disability charity by donating the profits made from the sale of Christmas bell baubles.

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The bells were created to symbolise the needs of people living with disabilities and are available to buy in the garden centre for £3.99, with all proceeds going to Skiggle.

Skiggle is the only charity of its kind in the UK and provides vital help and support to people with disabilities, their families, and carers.

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The bell baubles

The charity was founded by Preston mum Christine Singleton, with the original concept inspired by her disabled 18-year-old son, James.

She said: “Those of us in the disability and special needs world understand the importance of the senses to our loved ones.

“Textures, colours, shapes, and sounds all play a crucial role and can help transport them to magical places through the power of imagination and storytelling. 

“That’s why we’re absolutely delighted that the people at Barton Grange took time to listen to our needs and were happy to create and sell these beautiful bells on behalf of the charity. “

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Christine said James loves visiting the Christmas wonderland each year, and the family cannot thank them enough for their support. 

She said it allows the charity to expand its services and keep it free to those in need.

The charity operates an emergency SOS system and runs an online marketplace for people to urgently access specialist disability equipment, care consumables, and other products.

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Demand for its services has increased exponentially in the last 18 months due in part to the challenges faced by the pandemic. 

Barbara Ogg Schofield, Christmas Department Manager at Barton Grange Garden Centre, added: “We’ve loved being able to do our bit to help Skiggle this Christmas.

“The baubles have been a huge hit with our customers, and it’s been great to see so many people showing their support for the charity.

“So far, we’ve managed to sell over 1,000 bells for Skiggle this Christmas.” 

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