Drusillas Park has handed over more than £777 to Brighton based charity, Fun in Action for Children.
The funds were raised by Drusillas throughout 2014 and the charity was recently presented with a cheque.
I was thrilled when Drusillas Park made Fun in Action their 2014 charity of the year as I have been lucky enough to see the benefits of the scheme first hand.Caroline Steer
Fun in Action was set up in 1999 and provides a befriending service to children and young people from disadvantaged lone parent families in the Brighton and Hove area. By providing extra support to the family it hopes to strengthen it.
Fun in Action for Children was Drusillas Park’s chosen charity of the year in 2014.
The £777 was collected by the award-winning zoo park at Alfriston through a variety of means.
Visitors to the zoo park contributed to the fundraising in many ways through charitable adoptions and visitor donations.
It will now be used by Fun in Action to help support the work they do.
Caroline Steer, the visitor services manager at Drusillas Park has a personal connection with Fun in Action after becoming a befriender for the scheme two years ago.
Caroline told the Gazette, “I was thrilled when Drusillas Park made Fun in Action their 2014 charity of the year as I have been lucky enough to see the benefits of the scheme first hand.
“I applied to be a befriender and was matched with Emily in May 2013, when she was ten years old.
“Our first meeting was a walk on the beach. Now we see each other once a week for a minimum of three hours.”
“Becoming a befriender is the best thing I ever decided to do.
“Although it’s a big commitment it’s been 100 per cent worth it.
“Fun in Action’s matching process was spot on. Emily and I get on so well and I know we’ll be part of each other’s lives forever.”
Emily says she has benefitted from the scheme enormously and has described it as an life-changing experience.
She said, “Getting a befriender changes your life.
“Your life will be different in ways such as you’ll have more fun and will be able to tell them any worries or problems.”
To find out more about Drusillas Park please visit www.drusillas.co.uk.
Fun in Action has information about befriending a child and referring a child who could benefit from its services.
To find out more at www.funinaction.org.uk.