CHICKS is one of National Express’ two chosen charity partners, alongside the Prince’s Trust. Supporting CHICKS is one way in which National Express fulfils its Youth Promise, a set of five commitments made to young people to enhance their opportunities of success in work, education and life.
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “CHICKS provides vital help to disadvantaged children around the UK. We are glad to be able to offer assistance by providing free coach journeys so that youngsters can go on much needed respite breaks."
Mabel Duncombe, Partnerships Manager at CHICKS, added: “We are so grateful to everyone at National Express for their fantastic support. Providing an option of free transport for all children coming to CHICKS will be truly transformative, enabling us to offer places on breaks to children who otherwise would have been unable to access CHICKS. We can’t thank them enough.”
Strategic national partnership
Since 2018, and as part of their continuing package of support, National Express donated 1,000 free return coach journeys in 2019 to be used by children accessing CHICKS breaks. They also provided a 25% discount on coach travel for all adults accompanying children to CHICKS, as well as a 25% discount for break volunteers.
By providing a free method by which children can reach CHICKS, this support from National Express enabled children whose parents or referral agents had previously been unable to fund their travel to access CHICKS breaks. Often, these are the children in most need of our support.
Sponsorship: CHICKS memory bags
In addition, National Express also fund the memory bags given to each child at the end of their break, complete with presents, diaries and photo compilations of their time at CHICKS.
National Express staff are also encouraged to take part in a variety of CHICKS volunteering and fundraising activities.
Richard Whitehouse, then Head of Respite Breaks at CHICKS, said: “We want to provide the children who attend our breaks with a chance to completely leave behind any stresses, pressures or challenges they might experience in their day-to-day lives, and encourage creativity, imagination and exploration.
“We are so grateful to National Express for helping to make this possible, by providing children with the opportunity to travel to our breaks and enjoy their memory bags, giving them something to remember the difference we hope to have made to their lives during their time with us.”
How can your organisation get involved?
Working with CHICKS is a great way to motivate and engage your employees, as well as support a fantastic cause. Our Corporate Partnerships Team has proven experience of managing innovative and successful corporate partnerships, with a variety of companies.