Date: Thursday 30 November 2017
Our Manchester team donated £200 to local charity OJ’s for a lantern procession that took place at 6pm on 30th November. OJ’s, a registered charity, run a variety of specialist holidays and activities for children with severe autism and learning difficulties. The charity was set up after founder, Lisa Donoghue, had difficulties finding mainstream events that her autistic son, Oliver, could participate in.
Our donation meant that OJ’s could supply hundreds of LED candles for members of the procession to use with their lanterns. The parade moved through Longridge town centre to raise awareness of OJ’s and the conditions of those it supports within the community.
Lisa Donoghue, founder and manager of OJ’s, says: “The procession was a real community affair, with lots of local schools and businesses getting involved. Since it opened the Tootle Green development, Taylor Wimpey has become a big part of our community and I felt it was really important that we included them in the event.
“We’re extremely grateful for this generous donation and it really did make a big difference. The use of LED candles instead of open flames meant everyone, no matter their age or ability, was able to take part in the event in a safely.”
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Manchester, adds: “OJ’s are a very worthy cause and we’re always more than happy to support community initiatives that bring people together. It was wonderful to see all members of the community, whether they’ve lived in Longridge for a long time, or have just moved to the area, like those at our Tootle Green development, coming together to support each other.”