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Foresters create Christmas magic for underprivileged children

Added: (Mon Nov 14 2011)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Every year, there are children across the UK who wake up on Christmas morning with nothing. Foresters, the international financial services organization, is proud to once again sponsor Bauer Radio’s Cash for Kids Christmas Toy Appeal in 2011 to help keep the Christmas dream alive for these less fortunate children.

The Appeal which runs across the Magic Radio network and also Kerrang and Wave 105 FM, is supported by Foresters and asks people to buy an extra toy or present and drop it off to a collection point or make a ‘virtual’ toy donation on line. The toys and cash are used to ensure underprivileged children in the local area receive a gift at Christmas.

However, Cash for Kids have highlighted that there is always a shortage of presents donated which are suitable for babies. So as well as offering financial support to the campaign, Foresters members have been making up some special gift packs for underprivileged babies at events taking place across the UK.

Alexis Bovington, Membership Development Specialist at Foresters said, “It’s hard to believe that there are children across the UK, including babies, who have nothing on Christmas morning. The great thing about the Cash for Kids Christmas Toy Appeal is that it brings joy to those children. Foresters recognises the importance of family well being, not only through financial stability, but also through family time. These events have been a great way for our members to spend time with their families, whilst really making a difference to others. We are very proud to be part of this campaign and bring some sparkle to a child’s Christmas.”

Magic 828’s Cash for Kids Charity manager, Katy Winterschladen, “We had a great time together, festively dressed sorting and wrapping up the baby gifts. These gifts will make a massive impact on disadvantaged children in Leeds and West Yorkshire who are at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas morning.”

Foresters has partnered Cash for Kids on several local projects since 2009, including the Christmas Toy Appeal and helped to create the Cash for Kids Family Day in 2011. They have helped raise around £2 million which provided grants and toys to over 200,000 underprivileged children and families in the UK

This year’s Toy Appeal will launch across the Magic AM network from 14th November.

For more information about Foresters support, please contact Alexis Bovington at alexis.bovington@foresters.co.uk.


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Foresters’ little helpers create gift packs for underprivileged babies



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Notes to Editors:

Foresters, is an international financial services organisation which has operated in the UK, US and Canada for over 135 years. We are committed to understanding your financial needs and to offering products and membership benefits, which will assist you with your financial security and peace of mind.

Our purpose is to enhance the well being of members and their families, and we measure our success not only by financial strength, but also by the positive impact we have on our members’ communities.

In the UK last year we supported more than 100 charities and raised over £3m for those charities and other community partners. Thousands of our members provided much needed volunteer hours to help communities throughout the country.

As an example, our work with Cash for Kids in their 2010 Christmas Toy Appeal helped 200,000 children to have a better Christmas and 600,000 toys and gifts were delivered to needy children. Our support for UK children’s hospices has helped these organisations to provide a range of services to nearly 10,000 families.

Foresters have received an "A" (Excellent) rating for the eleventh consecutive year from A.M. Best Company*. This independent rating assesses Foresters ability to pay claims and is an important measure of the organization's strength and stability. A.M. Best also gave Foresters an issuer credit rating of "a+" with a "stable" outlook.

*An "A" (Excellent) rating is assigned to companies that have a strong ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders and have, on balance, excellent balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile when compared to the standards established by A.M. Best Company. In assigning Foresters rating, A.M. Best stated that Foresters rating outlook is "stable", which means it is unlikely to change in the near future, assuming Foresters financial strength is maintained and operations grow. A.M. Best assigns ratings from A++ to F, A++ being superior ratings and A and A- being excellent ratings.




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Editor’s Notes

Bauer media currently has 21 radio charities operating at our stations within Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, each of which supports local charity initiatives for sick and underprivileged children under the umbrella brand of Cash for Kids; all money raised locally is spent locally and collectively they raised in excess of £7.4 million in 2010 www.cashforkids.uk.com

Bauer Radio Cash for Kids Charity 1122062 Bauer Radio Cash for Kids charity (Scotland) SCO 41421 Radio Clyde’s Cash for Kids SCO03334

Cash for Kids Stations are
Downtown/Cool FM, MFR, Tay, Forth, Clyde, N Sound, West sound, Swest Sound, CFM, Metro, TFM, Rock, Key, City, Viking, Hallam, Aire, Kerrang!, Wave 105 and Magic 105.4, Kerrang! and the Magic AM network

Bauer Media Group
The Bauer Media Group is a worldwide media empire operating businesses across 14 countries. Bauer Radio Ltd, which joined the Group in 2007, is home to a growing network of no.1 commercial radio stations in all major markets in the UK.



Submitted by:Alexis Bovington
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