This September Break were presented with a cheque for £1,000 from the John Lewis & Partners Community Matters scheme.
Community Matters is a charitable giving scheme where every 3 months each store selects 3 community groups or charities to help. Customers are directly involved in deciding how much each nominated group receives, by using a token to vote for the organisation they'd like to support.
Over the summer, shoppers voted for Break to secure £1,000 of the community prize fund. Break in partnership with Wild in Art delivered the GoGoHares trails to Norwich and the county of Norfolk.
Break prides itself on GoGoCreate, the educational learning programme behind the 164 leveret sculptures. Each leveret has been decorated by a school, group, or club, and is accompanied by a programme to get children involved in the project.
Peter Marron, GoGoCreate Co-ordinator said “The learning programme has engaged with so many schools, organisations and clubs across the region. The community based project has allowed artists, community groups and individuals to enjoy the creative arts, whilst encouraging people to visit our fine city.”
On Tuesday, September 11, Alison Rowland, Community Liaison Coordinator from John Lewis & Partners in Norwich visited the Break team at the Undercroft gallery to deliver the cheque.
Alison said “We have really enjoyed being a part of the GoGoCreate project. This summer John Lewis & Partners in Norwich gave four of the leverets a home including Luna, Winne the Witch, Cocoa and Teddy. The joy and excitement the project has given to the community is phenomenal. We are really proud to award the prize money to Break and support the important work they do locally.”
Much of the work that Break does to support vulnerable children, young people and families is funded by public donations and corporate support. The money raised by the GoGoHares trail will help fund the vital work carried out by Break’s moving on team across East Anglia, supporting young people to live independently after leaving the care system at 18 years of age.
You can now view all 164 leverets until September 23 at the Exhibition called Lever’ART which is located in the Undercroft Exhibition space under the memorial gardens at the back of Norwich Market. Open Monday to Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 12-3pm.
No booking required but a £1 suggested donation to enter. After this date all the leverets will return to their creators and forever homes.
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