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Charity seeks help to create children's retreat

Daleside retreatChidlren's charity Chicks is calling on business to help it develop a retreat in rural Derbyshire for disadvantaged children.

It wants firms to give a £100 helping hand to help make the retreat a reality.

Donating firms will, in return, receive a personal message in a permanent display at the retreat - called Daleside - at Fenny Bentley, Derbyshire.

Daleside is a 62-acre farm which is being converted to offer week-long breaks for up to 16 children from the East Midlands each week who are experiencing difficulties at home.

It will give them a chance to be children, away from the pressure and stress of everyday life.

Throughout the week the children can try a range of activities such as horse riding, playing football and rock climbing.

Chicksl needs £100,000 to get the renovated farm fully operational by Spring 2016 and hopes the Helping Hands appeal will help to achieve this target.

Tim Bunting, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Chicks said: “I’m delighted we now have a presence in the East Midlands as there are a great deal of children in this area and beyond who are in desperate need of a break and Daleside offers exactly that.

“Daleside is only part way through its renovation but it already feels like a magical place. Its location in rolling green countryside is the perfect setting for one of our retreats and will provide children living in an often hectic and sometimes unstable environment the opportunity to just have fun and enjoy their childhood."

The charity, which has been operating for 23 years, has two retreats in the South West and said making this move to the East Midlands was a significant milestone in its history, making the charity’s services more accessible to children living in the Midlands and the North of the UK.

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