Variety, the Children’s Charity is celebrating 50 years of helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the country and the Northern regions’ beneficiaries’ enjoying a day to remember with their Great Days Out initiative.

The scheme has allowed over two million children to have “the best day of their life” since its flagship inception in 1976 as Variety at Work. Now, Variety is set to take 100 North East children to Beamish Open Air Museum on June 8 for their biggest day out yet.

Ray Crawford, Variety North’s chairman has been in the position for just three months after taking over the role in February. He says despite the event being one of the first of his stewardship, he is looking forward to it all.

“I’ve been a part of a couple of events with Variety since I took the reins, but nothing as big as this. We’ve already contacted the schools and organised everything with Beamish so we are all set to go and help make more memories for the children.

“It wouldn’t be possible today or throughout the last 50 years without the help and generosity of our partners and dedication of our volunteers so a massive thank you goes out to them as well.”

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The 50th anniversary of Variety’s Great Days Out will see the children granted free access (paid for by Variety) to Beamish Open Air Museum where they will explore the past through one of the north’s biggest attractions. They will also be provided with a packed lunch to ensure they have the fuel to properly enjoy the day.

Crawford says it promises to be a day which neither the children, nor he will forget in a hurry.

“The greatest part of being chairman is helping children and the community. Hearing the children have enjoyed themselves and putting a smile on their faces is the best reward there is.

“I’m sure the event will be a success and there will be 100 beaming children at the end of it all, each with happy memories that will stay with them for a while.”

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