Posted 12:54PM on Friday 28 November 2014
As we wait with anticipation for the return of Jingley Sparkytoes this month, we’re looking back on how the money raised through last year’s Elfy Living Challenge was spent. Jingley Sparkytoes donated the proceeds of his 2013 endeavours – an elf–tastic £1,500 – to our Better Together Project, a Belfast based project designed to bring together young adults with a learning disability and other young adults who volunteer to help them follow their interests.
After much deliberation about how to spend the proceeds, those supported by the Project, staff and volunteers decided to go on a day trip to Dublin. For some of the people supported, this would be their first time across the border and the group were full of excitement as they set off on their adventure.
First stop was Trinity College’s Science Gallery to hear wise words of encouragement from Irish born entrepreneur, Paul Morris. His inspiring tale of hope spoke to the heads and hearts of the people we support, emphasising to them the importance of following their dreams. His journey led him from being a bassist in a local band to recording tracks for U2 and assisting with music videos for Dire Straits. His determination and subsequent achievements were truly inspirational for the whole group.
With heads full of hopes and dreams, the group had lunch together before visiting the world famous Wax Museum. Here, they rubbed shoulders with the stars, from home grown heroes like George Best to world renowned wizards like Harry Potter. The tour also looked at some of the greatest contributions made by the people of Ireland, North and South, throughout history including the x–ray machine, the periscope and the ejector seat!
The Better Together team were exhausted after their busy day as they boarded the bus home to Belfast, cherishing the happy memories they had all made! The Project want to send a massive thank you to Jingley Sparkytoes – without his fantastic fundraising efforts last year, this memorable day trip would not have been possible. They’re also sending him an extra elfy dose of good luck as he sets off on his Elfy Living Challenge 2014.
With your support, Jingley Sparkytoes can raise even more money this year, all of which will go directly to our “transitioning group” which is jointly run by our Lakeland Family Support and Lakeland Supported Living Services. The group hope that the monies raised will fund a weekly cookery programme, which will teach new skills and promote healthy eating.
Please support our elf by texting ELFY90 £5 to 70070 or visit his JustGiving page.