Since the Hill Climb started, we have been working with charities to support the work they do in the local area. For 2019, we are delighted to announce that our new charity partner, Caudwell Children will be using the funds raised at this years Hill Climb to provide specialist powered wheelchairs, pushchairs, therapy tricycles, car seats and sports equipment to disabled children in the Midlands.
Who is Caudwell?
Caudwell Children was founded by a Birmingham born businessman and philanthropist John Caudwell. As a young man Caudwell soon showed his affinity to business and, as with many entrepreneurs abandoned his A Levels and became an engineering apprentice with Michelin (a decision I am sure everyone reading this would agree with). His entrepreneurial spirit could not be suppressed, and he soon set up several small businesses simultaneously to his studies. Caudwell then saw an opportunity in the newly emerging mobile phone industry and upon leaving Michelin he then went on to found the high street retailer Phones4U, which alongside his other ventures enabled him to accrue a substantial fortune.
At the height of his success Caudwell’s focus turned to charity and the tenacity he demonstrated in business was certainly undiminished in this new venture. Caudwell Children was set up in 2000 and despite women often being excluded from senior leadership positions in Britain’s biggest companies John identified Trudi Beswick, Director of Executive Projects for his group of companies, as the person to lead the charity. Determined to make the idea a reality Trudi and John launched the charity as a vital life-line for children in the region. The charity has since gone onto to provide £40 million worth of services to over 40,000 disabled children. Trudi has also masterminded 19 fundraising balls for the charity raising millions of pounds in the process. Now in her 19th year as CEO of Caudwell Children Trudi has recently masterminded a new era for the charity with the creation of the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, the UK’s first independent, purpose-built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
Who are Caudwell Children?
Caudwell Children is a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families. The charity changes the lives of disabled children by providing access to the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need to lead happy, active and independent lives.
Since the charity was founded it has supported over 40,000 children with over 650 conditions.
In 2019 the charity will open the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, the UK’s first independent, purpose-built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism. The centre will be based on the grounds of Keele University, in Staffordshire.
Why are Caudwell Children at the Hill Climb?
Rod Spollon, Managing Director of Chateau Impney said: “As sporting event organisers, The Chateau Impney Hill Climb team are always keen to support individuals striving to better themselves, take on new challenges and break their personal records. The Caudwell Children partnership has enabled our event to help, in some small way, provide the tools needed for Caudwell Children’s clients to do just that.”
Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children said: We’re extremely excited to be involved in the event as it will introduce our services to a new audience, giving us the opportunity to support more disabled children in the region. It’s also a fantastic chance for the charity to explain to attendees how they can support the charity through a range of exciting national, and international, challenges, including sky diving, swimming with sharks and scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
How can you support Caudwell Children?
The easiest way for you to play your part in supporting Caudwell Children is to donate when purchasing your ticket to the Hill Climb, however for those who would like to learn more about this fantastic cause and the ways you can support them, make sure to visit their stand at the event and find out about the exciting challenges that you can take part in to raise money for this important cause. If you can not wait that long why not get in touch with Caudwell Children directly by calling 0345 300 1348 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 Hill Climb takes place July 13 & 14 and are on-sale now, Click Here to book.