I CAN launches its Every Child A Voice appeal at the House of Lords
To celebrate the launch of I CAN’s Every Child A Voice appeal earlier this month we invited 80 guests to an exclusive dinner and auction at the House of Lords. The event launched our new three year fundraising appeal which aims to raise £5 million to support children up to the age of 19 with communication difficulties. The event was hosted by Baroness Perry of Southwark, an educationalist and previously appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools in England in 1981.
An array of guests including cricketing legends Graham Gooch OBE DL and Andrew Strauss OBE enjoyed a private champagne reception, sponsored by De Grendel Wines, and a three course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Gary Devereaux. Caricaturists were in attendance to help capture the evening and provide entertainment for the guests.
I CAN support children with long-term, persistent speech, language and communication difficulties and delayed language development. The Every Child A Voice appeal will sustain four of I CAN’s major projects. These projects include pre-school support for two to three year old children and their parents, support for I CAN’s free Enquiry Service, secondary school mentoring and I CAN’s Meath School and Dawn House School – our two specialist schools which support children aged 4 to 19 coping with severe speech, language and communication needs.
I CAN’s dinner and auction raised £60k which together will help support the fantastic work of I CAN’s Meath School – the first of the four projects to benefit from the appeal.
Christopher Holder, I CAN Trustee and Chair of the appeal said:
‘I am proud to support I CAN because I know first-hand how challenging life with a communication difficulty can be. I was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, as were my children. For me and my family, receiving the right support was crucial.
Today, more than one million children in the UK are living with a communication difficulty. The story for these children and their families is often one of frustration, isolation and withdrawal.
Every penny donated to the Every Child A Voice appeal will go towards changing the story for a child living with communication difficulties. It will go towards changing their lives’.
Dame Judi Dench, Patron of the appeal said:
‘Every child deserves a voice. Every child deserves a chance to achieve and fulfil their dreams. With your help, I CAN will be able to support more children and families than ever before’.
Click here for more information and to donate to I CAN’s Every Child A Voice appeal.
Photos from the event are available on our I CAN Facebook page and can be viewed here.