The British Association of Leisure, Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA), has named The Rainbow Trust to be its official charity for the next two years. The children’s charity provides support to families who have a child with a terminal or life-threatening illness.
BALPPA’s new Chairman, Richard Mancey, selected the charity. Each newly-appointed chairman is given the opportunity to select a charity for the organisation to support. Mancey, who is the MD at Paulton’s Park, has been in the visitor attractions industry for 36 years, since starting Paultons in 1983 with his family.
Close link between Paultons and the Rainbow Trust
Paultons has worked with the children’s charity for many years. “We became involved when they asked us for some tickets to Paultons for affected families to have a day out, or indeed for a very poorly child to make one last visit after having happy memories of a previous visit in happier times,” says Mancey. “The sudden crisis within families of children who become seriously ill has a devastating impact on everyone. The Trust offers practical support for everyone and this vitally important help can be varied and wide-ranging. I thought the way they go about providing assistance to these families and the immediate way they can make a difference in a period of crisis makes it a very good cause.”
The Rainbow Trust operates across the UK. It offers help for 2,500 families, both at home and in hospital. It also does work in the community. Seriously ill children and their families are paired with a trusted expert. This Family Support Worker becomes a constant in family life, providing both emotional and practical support. Around 49,000 children and young people in the UK live with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition.
The previous charity supported by BALPPA was the Lady Taverners, selected by the preceding Chairman Nick Thompson. This charity supports disadvantaged and disabled young people through recreation and sport. Thanks to BALPPA’s fundraising and the generosity of members throughout Thompson’s chairmanship, Lady Taverners was gifted a cheque for £2,525.
BALPPA again celebrated successes within the industry last November with its annual Excellence Awards. It is also preparing for the 2019 BALPPA Summer Conference in June.