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Million Milestone

Million milestone

The Icing is on the Christmas Cake as Northern Lights Celebrate a £1 Million Milestone 

Northern Lights Children’s Charity has hit the magic £1 million milestone – with a record breaking 30th Anniversary year culminating in a black-tie Ball raising over £12,000 to help reach their target.

Since Northern Lights Children’s Charity (formerly the Christopher Johnson Fund) was founded in 1987, thanks to the generosity of its supporters, it has in December this year hit the £1,000,000 raised.

This has enabled the charity to fund over 500 children, with life limiting illnesses aged between 6 and 11, go on a holiday of a lifetime with the majority visiting a luxury resort above the Arctic Circle in Lapland. Dog sled rides, reindeers, snow-mobiles, the great Northern Lights and the excitement of meeting Santa at his home in a forest all contribute to the energising magic of the visit and make a real difference to the children’s lives. 

Reaching the £1 million milestone is the icing on the cake after a bumper 30th Anniversary year where thousands more people have heard about and supported the charity’s events and in addition to a bumper fund raising year the committee thanked its community with a hugely successful Carnival in July 2017.

Since its foundation there have been countless fundraising activities such as;

  • a one-off millennium Ball in 1999 which due to demand, has been held every year since!
  • a Boxing Day Dip
  • Chester Half Marathon nominated Charity for 3 successive years
  • It’s a Knockout
  • Santa Dash
  • Cycle to Lapland
  • Summer Proms
  • a Rust2Rome journey
  • Ladies nights held every year since 2014
  • 110-foot lighthouse Abseil
  • and a Lapland Challenge of walking, cycling, swimming or running the equivalent miles from Neston to Lapland 20 times in 12 months a total distance of 44,700 miles
  • Plus many, many more…

In 2015 the Charity was awarded A Points of Light award by the then Prime Minister David Cameron and following a garden party at Buckingham Palace were officially presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mr David Briggs MBE, KStJ. Rotary of Neston, at their 52nd Charter Dinner in May 2017, awarded the Charity with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of 30 year’s fund raising and this November the charity added another accolade to its achievements with Alan Johnson, founder member and secretary being awarded Champion of Champions 2017 in the Your Champions ceremony. 

Karen Jones, Chairman of Northern Lights said “Special thanks go to all the Northern Lights Committee Members over the 30 years, who since we began, have managed to make these events happen. Their efforts, constant enthusiasm and creative fund raising ideas have led to this amazing achievement. Additional thanks go to our huge body of supporters who have always given so generously”. 

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