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Spark launches Rocket Club for supporters

Posted: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:00

Spark launches Rocket Club for supporters

The Spark Arts for Children works all year round with local schools and partners to ensure that all children in Leicester have access to the arts. Unfortunately lots of children living here in Leicester haven't seen a live theatre show or experienced a cultural activity. The arts have been proven to influence and positively affect youngsters in the following ways:

  • Improving language and communication skills
  • Building confidence and raising aspirations
  • Better educational attainment
  • Helping children to manage their emotions and use their imagination

Research has found that if an arts subject is not offered in school, many children are unable to access it, in particular children from disadvantaged backgrounds. At least 33% of boys and 20% of girls aged 10 - 15 don't access the arts outside of school. (DCMS Taking Part)

Fundraising is an important aspect of the Spark's work, as a small charity if it wants to keep growing and developing. In the last two years festival audiences have almost doubled, with 24,000 people attending the Spark Festival in 2014 of which at least 20% experienced a free activity. However, funding levels have remained static over the last three-years and therefore in order to maintain one of the largest children's arts festivals in the country, The Spark is looking to its loyal audiences for their help.

In return for becoming a Spark Supporter you can nominate a child / children to join our Rocket Club, which is something Rick's grandchildren will be benefitting from over the next year. By becoming a member, the children you nominate will:

  • Receive a badge, certificate and special membership pack
  • Get The Rocket, a quarterly newsletter which contains special things to see, do and make.
  • Be kept-up-to-date with exclusive children's arts and theatre opportunities in the East Midlands and the rest of the UK.

The Rocket Club is one of a series of fundraising initiatives The Spark is undertaking. Back in October, a group of 25 intrepid Spark supporters donned Spark vests and ran the Leicester Half Marathon – running 13 miles to celebrate 13 years of the Spark Festival. The group raised £7,300.00 with fundraising money still coming in and thanks to Catalyst Funding from Arts Council England, for every £1 raised 66p will be donated, making the real total of this exercise £12,118.

Rick Moore said: 'I am delighted to be supporting The Spark Arts for Children. They provide the Leicester community with a fantastic offer and are benefitting thousands of our youngsters with the vital work they are doing. I hope to see people getting behind this fantastic new fundraising programme and joining The Rocket Club'.

For more information about how to become a Spark supporter, visit www.thesparkarts.co.uk/supportus - it costs just £5 a month and could make a big difference!

Tags: 2015 Spark Festival, Spark Arts For Children, Fundraising, Supporters, Rocket Club, Arts, Schools, Half Marathon