Member News: Break - New charity initiative donates £2000 and gives young care leavers a memorable supercar experience!
New charity initiative donates £2000 and gives young care leavers a memorable supercar experience!
Two of our young care leavers were delighted to be given the opportunity to spend the day having a go in some super speedy supercars thanks to a new charity initiative, Giving Days, who also donated an incredible £2000 towards our CoffeeBreak van – enabling us to buy a new battery for the van!
Launched by 7days Performance, a supercar raffle company based in Norfolk, Giving Days provides an opportunity for the business to contribute to the local community, and we’re delighted that they chose Break to be the first recipient of their new Giving Days Grant.
The grant means that our innovative project CoffeeBreak, a mobile coffee van that serves fresh locally sourced coffee and enables our care leavers to gain valuable paid work experience, now has its own power source giving less restrictions on where it can operate.
Commenting on how much this will help Break and the CoffeeBreak project, Joe Walden, Break Opportunities Lead, and who manages CoffeeBreak, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Giving Days for their generous donation which will mean we can use our CoffeeBreak van in more places, giving our young people more opportunities for work experience, whilst also helping us raise more funds for the charity. The supercar experience was absolutely amazing and I know that both our young care leavers loved every minute and it will definitely be a day that they’ll never forget.”
As well as the grant, 7days Performance also invited some of our care leavers to their headquarters to take a ride in some of their many supercars including a McLaren, a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Liam and TJ, who are supported by our Staying Close, Staying Connected service for young care leavers, jumped at the chance and were taken out for a memorable supercar drive, while also learning more about the cars.
“This was like a dream come a true!” said Liam. “I had no idea what kind of cars we were going to get to have a go in, but I loved the Lamborghini. I’d never been in any car like that, and it was such a smooth drive! We don’t usually get opportunities like this, and everyone has been so nice and easy to talk to. To be given this kind of experience was just amazing!”
“To be in the position we are, as a business, would not have been possible without the community around us, therefore we started Giving Days so we could give back to that community,” explains Ross Youngman, Director at 7days Performance and a trustee at Giving Days. “Supporting those more vulnerable than us is a great feeling and seeing the smiles on the young people’s faces throughout the supercar experience was brilliant. Break does incredible work across the region, and we look forward to working with other amazing charities in the future.”
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