Bens Den | The Ben Parker Trust Fund
From 2015, we have chosen a second charity partner to work alongside in our fundraising and awareness campaigns for local charity Bens Den.
The Ben Parker Trust Fund began in March 2004. The first charity fundraiser was a huge success and raised £11,000 through a massive cabaret event and auction evening in Ilkeston.
With this money, the Trust bought a caravan at the Haven holiday site in Mablethorpe – the very first ‘Ben’s Den’. From then on the caravan has provided free holidays for families with children diagnosed with cancer and leukaemia.
The Trust works closely with CLIC Sargent, who refer the families to us and Haven, who kindly gift free entertainment passes for the families to take full advantage of the site, without spending a penny.
Mablethorpe was chosen not just because it has a wonderful family atmosphere, with lovely sandy beaches and fresh, clean sea air, but because it is only a few hours’ drive away. This means poorly children can make the short journey and they are close enough in case an unexpected visit to the hospital is needed.
More information can be located on their website http://www.bensden.com