Wiggly Willow Social Fund will raise money to send SEN adults on trips and holidays
A Bishop’s Stortford café owner is to launch a charity alongside her business in a bid to organise more holidays, outings and entertainment for people with learning disabilities.
Sid Perry, a special educational needs (SEN) specialist, opened Wiggly Willow, on the corner of Crown Terrace and Hockerill Street, in March 2018. By day the venue operates as a regular coffee shop, but in the evenings the team lays on social sessions for people with learning disabilities.
Sid also organises regular days out, such as trips to the seaside; in September, she is taking a group of 21 SEN adults, along with five helpers, on holiday to Norfolk.
At present, Sid fundraises for these trips independently. She has been approached by Stortford businesses keen to appoint Wiggly Willow as their charity of the year. However, as the café is a business rather than a charitable trust, she has had to turn them down.
“The Wiggly Willow will stay as the Wiggly Willow, but the charity would be to fund our social side. We’d call it the Wiggly Willow Social Fund,” she said.
“The whole thing is completely sustainable and I would carry on as I am, but I'd like to increase opportunities for these guys. They get so excited – I had to do a countdown for the holiday and start it at 90 days!”
With a £200 donation, Sid would be able to pay for a group to visit Clacton for the day, while a £70-£80 contribution would hire an entertainer for one of Wiggly Willow’s evening clubs.