Making a difference: Pabulum and Red Balloon

The Red Balloon Learner Centre, Reading is an incredibly special charity for children who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied, suffered a trauma or abuse. The Centre is Pabulum’s adopted charity, which means we do our best to support them in a number of ways all year round. Red Balloon-Reading offers more than just a school education, it provides therapy and activities that will help these children to deal with everyday life and equip them for a better future.
Pabulum runners raise money for Red Balloon

Why we fundraise undefined

Over the last four years, funds raised by Pabulum have really helped children at Red Balloon Reading. In the last year alone, Pabulum’s support has gone towards several important initiatives at the centre, including:

  • A good breakfast and lunch for all children and staff

  • A dedicated music teacher and drama therapist to help with offering much needed therapeutic care

  • Workshops with a special organisation called ‘Nature Nurture’ who, through working with nature, teach the children to respect themselves, others and the world around them

  • A number of activities which greatly assist with relationship building, self-esteem and physical exercise such as basketball, bowling and wall climbing

  • Routine tutor groups which have helped increase the pastoral care and maintain a calmer environment

undefined Some of these initiatives may sound simple, but the stability and structure they bring to the lives of children at the Centre is incredibly valuable, it is often something they haven’t experienced before.

Financially, it costs a lot to offer these educational and therapeutic programmes for every student, as much as £20,000 per child. So, every penny that we raise is badly needed.

Show your support

Pabulum not only fundraises for Red Balloon-Reading, we also give our time and expertise, with Chairman Deborah Harvey as a trustee and our Group Financial Director (Trevor Sharp) providing accounting support for the charity. Funds are always desperately needed though, which presents enormous challenges for the Centre. This is why we encourage our staff to do all they can to support and raise money for Red Balloon, it doesn’t matter how big or small the activity. Any member of Pabulum staff can fundraise for Red Balloon, whether it be though themed days or charitable tie ups within schools. We rely on all our staff to be proactive, creative and passionate in supporting Red Balloon-Reading – without this we couldn’t continue to help this extremely worthwhile cause.

Here are some recent local examples:

Pabulum take on Fleet Half Marathon 2016

Rickmansworth raise money for good causes

Anyone for cake?

You can learn more about why the work of Red Balloon is so important by watching this short video