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raised of £1,250 target by 40 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,335 to fund a trip to Alton Towers for 600 children in care, foster families and care leavers.

    Funded on Monday, 30th September 2019

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    We took the children in care, siblings, foster families, birth children of foster families, carers, social workers and even some friends of the kids in care to make this a fantastic family day out.

    They had a fantastic day out on 28th September 2019.

    We had other channels of fundraising and we estimate over £30,000 in goodwill was raised.

    Thank you so much for donating, we reached our target because of the exceptional charity Merlin Magic Wand, Tesco, Guru Nakak's Mission, the Local Authorities, our landlords and those that donated on this page.

    You can show your support for this event by posting a selfie with the event logo and posting the #thebigconvoy hashtag.

    Thank you @bdsignsnotts in Nottingham for creating the event logo. #thebigconvoy

    We needed your support.

    We secured hundreds of tickets from Merlin Magic Wand but need your support to fund the rest of the costs including tickets, food, drinks and transport.

    Who went on the trip?

    Those that went on the trip were either in care, foster parents, siblings of those in care, foster carers birth children, care workers and care leavers and some friends of those in care from across the East Midlands Local Authority areas. Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Rutland County Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Lincolnshire County Council

    Why I organised this trip.

    As a young person growing up in care in the 1980s, losing friends, losing my home and having to start again was difficult and now as an adult I campaign for better outcomes for children in care.

    There is a memory from my childhood I will always treasure. It was a sunny September day, and a black cab turned up at the children’s home where I was living, covered in fairy lights and tinsel. We were told we’d be heading for a day out to Blackpool to see the lights. I’d never been to the seaside before, and I was incredibly excited to be going somewhere new.

    As we turned around the corner there were over 200 taxis covered in decorations, filled with excited kids from all the other children’s homes and foster homes across Manchester. People had come out and were lining the streets cheering and waving. We felt so special.

    I will never forget that day and this has inspired me to create that feeling for other children. What I remember most is how the community came out to support us as we drove in convoy.

    This is rare footage of a similar trip showing what it was like for us as the horns went beep beep beep;

    Read more about Terry Galloway in a recent magazine article

    The 2012 Coach Convoy

    In 2012 Sandicliffe Motor Group helped me organise a similar event based on my memories. We took 350 people in a convoy of 7 coaches to Alton Towers.

    I just want to pass that feeling on. Maybe one day someone from this convoy will be inspired just like I was and go on to create something special.

    The wider campaign

    I've been working with district and county council local authorities across the East Midlands to create joined up Local Offers for Care Leavers. This involves creating a network including councils, businesses, and community groups.

    The overall aim is to create a guaranteed job and living wage subsidy for every care leaver in England whilst ensuring they have access to concrete resources such as housing, mental health and health and welbeing support.

    None of this will make much difference unless our children in care get better love and are better prepared for life after care so part of this campaign is a leaving care readiness program.

    The local authority is going to become a middle class pushy parent

    It is our community, it is our responsibility, these are our children and we need to help them prepare for life after care, otherwise the cycle just repeats.

    This song was inspired by my story of going to see the Blackpool Lights.



    • Terry Galloway5 years ago
      Terry Galloway

      Terry Galloway

      5 years ago

      This trip went ahead, thanks so much for your support.

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    • Terry Galloway5 years ago
      Terry Galloway

      Terry Galloway

      5 years ago

      The fundraising is going really well with lots of offline donations and pledges coming through. We are on the last push now. Thank you for your support Terry

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    • Roberto Felici

      Roberto Felici

      Sep 28, 2019

      Hi Terry, your staff is so kind and I love your service


    • Anonymous


      Sep 27, 2019

      Spoke to your colleague at a recent EMPO/NCC event. Great initiative!

    • Anonymous


      Sep 27, 2019

      Hope you all have a great day, kids!From Coronato Ices Ltd

    • michael parker

      michael parker

      Sep 27, 2019


    • Anonymous


      Sep 26, 2019

    • Denis Eyre

      Denis Eyre

      Sep 26, 2019

    • Dave Thompson

      Dave Thompson

      Sep 26, 2019

      Good luck to Robbo in the half (could you not do a full one ? 😉) marathon!


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    Terry Galloway has been working closely with Local Authorities across England to create joined up Local Offers for Care Leavers. Trustee of the Care Leavers Charity “Become”.

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