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Chailey Heritage Online Storytelling Event

An award-winning storyteller is staging a special one-hour online show to raise funds for a popular Sussex charity.  Jason Buck from Haywards Heath is giving his services free of charge in aid of Chailey Heritage Foundation, which support young people with complex neurodisabilities such as cerebral palsy.

It will take place during half term week on Wednesday February 17 between 6-7pm and anyone can book for just £5 per household. Every penny will go to the charity, which provides specialised support for children and young people with complex disabilities.

Jason is delighted to be helping out.  He said: "I met one of Chailey's staff at a Storytelling Club in Cuckfield so I was so pleased when she asked if I could help.  "Charities are obviously having a challenging time during the pandemic so I am happy to be doing my little bit to support what is obviously a very worthwhile cause.."

Jason will tell four stories in the hour which are suitable for all ages, from adults to families with little ones. They contain a mixture of origins, mythical and epic, and fun.

He said: "Engagement and rapport are key components of storytelling. I compare it to a stand-up comedian performing.  "Storytelling can make someone laugh and it can also make someone feel sad. It's a pleasure reducing adults to tears in the kindest possible way.

"It's a live experience, I talk directly to the audience and I aim to get everyone immersed into the story I tell.

"The evening will be great family entertainment. It can be a bit like interactive TV, watching me online while at the same time eating some crisps and having a drink."

The four stories are

·   'The Treasures of the Gods' or How Thor got his hammer (Norse)

·   'Rainbow Crow' (Native American)

·   'How Ganesh got his elephant head (Indian)

·   'The boy who had an eating competition with troll' (Norwegian)

Jason blends traditional and contemporary themes, music, vocal sound effects and pure, unadulterated fantasy.  He has performed across the UK and mainland Europe, He has been a performer most of his adult life, including gurning, comedy and sword swallowing, but his passion lies in stories.

The storytelling performance will take place on Zoom. For more details, and to buy a ticket, go to www.chf.org.uk/storytelling-evening

If you can’t join the performance live, you can still book a ticket, then get a link to watch it back at a later date.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a charity providing education, care and transition services to children and young adults with complex physical disabilities.

Computers for Kids

Computers for kids is an initiative of C4K non-profit charitable group of volunteers run by a management committee formed on 09/01/2021. The aim of the initiative is to close the digital divide affecting disadvantaged children and enable them to learn remotely. It has become apparent recently that the divide is larger than anyone would have expected in a western country with one of the worlds strongest economies. There are currently 1.8 million children in the UK who do not have a device to learn from home. It does affect their education and in turn, affects their future chances and will only increase the inequality gap in the UK, this is not acceptable. Our view is the same as that of the founder of C4K Colin Hill who to quote stated “These children are the future, we are the past, these children are our future doctors, nurses, police officers and politicians, who sadly will be left to pick up the majority of the devastation left by the impact of coronavirus and will be the generation that will pay the highest price in terms of social and economic recovery. Therefore it is our duty to enable them to do this to the best of their ability and to prepare them for the future that they all face”.

Creating the founding Ethos of C4K which was formed by one person simply wanting to donate two spare devices to two local children after seeing a report on the digital divide, he then had many parents reach out asking for a device and found many other were contacting him offering to give him devices, despite working a full-time job he saw the need to step up and take the lead and to be an example for others to follow, realizing the plight and desperation of the people who reached out he decided very quickly to pull people with different skill sets together and have them work with him to help as many children as possible.

We do this by negotiating drop off points for devices in your local area and reaching out to local people in your area to become volunteers. We then act as the management body coordinating the volunteers to meet the needs of children local to you. We enable them with the support and technical know-how and targeted PR and outreach. We also raise the awareness of your local community to the needs of children local to them, this, in turn, promotes the goodwill of the community to support one another making this truly a local community-driven initiative with an over-arching governing body to coordinate and empower them to meet these critical needs.

Find out how you could help at www.computersforkids.org.uk

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