Posted on : December 22, 2016 at - 10:50 am by The Big Birthday Appeal

The Big Birthday Appeal has celebrated its 15th anniversary at North Cheshire Jewish Primary School, where the charity launched back in 2001.
Following a competition held for pupils to design a birthday cake for the charity, NCJPS held a special assembly to mark the occasion. 7-year-old Abigail Corfield won the junior competition and saw her design brought to life, while 5-year-old Sammy Hilton won the infants competition. One-year-old Piper O’Donnell was voted the winner at NCJPS nursery with a beautiful hand print design. All the pupils got a slice of the winning, multicolored cake and sang happy birthday.
Big Birthday co-founder Jude Moryoussef, who led the assembly at NCJPS, said: “As we approach Chanukah, the festival of light, we’d like to thank all of you for being little Maccabees by ‘lighting up’ the lives of less fortunate children around the world.”
Since its inception in 2001, the Big Birthday team has raised over £195,000, funding an annual holiday for local Jewish children with special needs plus state-of-the-art sensory playrooms at The Fed’s children’s centre in Manchester and at Bayis Sheli in London, plus a host of other projects through charities including The Fed, Jewish Child’s Day, Camp Simcha, Bonei Olam and The Friendship Circle. The team has also delivered presents – donated by generous Jewish kids – to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and various hospices and women’s refuge centres around Manchester.
The charity aims to inspire and empower children to get involved with helping others and regularly engages with nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools. It uses birthdays and other celebrations as trigger-points to help others who are less fortunate. Its range of ultra-convenient products are all designed by busy Mums and includes stickers to stick on presents instead of greetings cards; gift wrap and gift bags; vouchers to give in place of a present; and greetings cards, including new baby and bar and bat mitzvah cards. The Big B’Mitzvah Appeal arm of the charity encourages bar and bat mitzvah kids to mark the start of their Jewish adulthood by donating a little bit of their gift money to help children with special needs.
Michael Woolf, headmaster at NCJPS, said: “Big Birthday is a remarkable organization that fires up children to get involved with helping others and gets them excited about the mitzvah of giving tzedakah. NCJPS is very proud to have supported the charity since it started 15 years ago and we look forward to watching it inspire pupils for many years to come.”
Suzy Glaskie, Big Birthday co-founder, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our amazingly dedicated team of mums who devote their time and energy, year in year out, to spreading the Big Birthday ethos. We’ve had the honour of watching toddlers who were introduced to Big Birthday 15 years ago grow up into compassionate, proactive young adults who embody our ethos and act on it as an integral part of their lives.”
Charlotte Moryoussef, a former pupil of NCJPS and now a student at Nottingham University, recently organized a charity student ball in aid of Big Birthday, raising £3000. She said: “I was lucky enough to have spent time in Llandudno visiting the holiday funded by Big Birthday for children with special needs and seeing for myself where some of the funds go. This charity has been a part of my life since I was four years old. I’ve organised events at North Cheshire Jewish Primary School then at King David High School and am now taking it to University level which is amazing. I feel very proud to be able to help children in need and hope to continue raising money for such a good cause.”
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