Crawley children’s charity gets £20k cash boost from Virgin Holidays

Virgin Holidays MD Mark Anderson presented a cheque for �20000 to the Spingboard Project. It took place last at Virgin Holidays HQ Aeronautics House. Crawley MP Henry Smith MP in attendance - picture submitted
Virgin Holidays MD Mark Anderson presented a cheque for �20000 to the Spingboard Project. It took place last at Virgin Holidays HQ Aeronautics House. Crawley MP Henry Smith MP in attendance - picture submitted

A surprise donation of £20,000 from Virgin Holidays to Crawley charity The Springboard Project has enabled activities to continue into this year.

The Springboard Project, provides inclusive play and leisure opportunities for families with young children and short breaks for children and teenagers with disabilities.

Springboard Houses are drop-in centres for any family to bring their children and enjoy its play facilities during the week.

Virgin Holiday’s donation comes amid a potential funding crisis for the charity, which faced several streams of income coming to an end towards the end of last year.

Springboard Project manager Su Parrish said: “When I got the news of Virgin Holiday’s generosity, I nearly dropped the phone.

“This was the best Christmas present ever and meant that our sessions for disabled children and teenagers were able to continue into the New Year. Virgin Holidays made our Christmas memorable for the best reason.”

Virgin Holiday managing director Mark Anderson presented the charity with the cheque at Virgin’s Crawley headquarters last week.

Mr Anderson said: “I believe that charity begins at home and when I became aware of the situation the Springboard Project was facing, I didn’t think twice about stepping in. Virgin Holidays is proud to support such a worthwhile local charity and our staff are busy planning a number of fundraising events to continue to support them.”

For more details go to www.springboardproject.com/