In a drive to support local charities First Capital Connect has recently pledged support to a Cambridge based anti-bullying organisation by donating a season ticket to its Chief Executive, Carrie Herbert, enabling her to lobby the Government to do more for vulnerable children.
Red Balloon was established in 1996 when Carrie Herbert, working as an educational consultant, repeatedly noticed how bullied children were avoiding school and consequently missing out on an education.
As a result Carrie opened up her house in Cambridge City Centre as a school to help these children begin their recovery programme and continue their education in safe environment.
In 2003 the charity moved from Carrie’s house to a permanent location in Warkworth Terrace, Cambridge, and have since opened several more schools across the country, including Norwich, North West London, and Merseyside.
In order to help Carrie with her campaign, FCC donated a season ticket from Cambridge to London so that she can lobby the Government and visit Red Balloon sites in the region.
Keith Jipps, FCC’s Customer Services Director, said:
“Red Balloon is an amazing charity and Carrie Herbert works unbelievably hard in helping children affected from bullying. I am pleased that we have been able to support Carrie and Red Balloon and look forward to working together in the future.”
Carrie Herbert commented:
“First Capital Connect has shown an over whelming support for Red Balloon and I cannot thank them enough.
“The work we do at Red Balloon makes a real difference to children in helping them get their self esteem and education back on track, and it would not be possible without the care we get from local businesses.”