Bringing the island’s dreams to life for 10 years

Local charity Dream Catcher is celebrating serving the Island’s community for 10 years, touching the lives of hundreds of people by helping make dreams come true.

Originally started by Manx Radio in 2008, the charity’s remit was to make a difference to those in need by donating products and services to individuals and other causes.

A reception was held at Government House on February 21 to mark the tenth anniversary and recognise the charity’s achievements, with the Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney welcoming current and previous volunteers, donors and sponsors, as well as gift recipients.

Dream Catcher Chairman Michael Lees said:

“It was great to welcome some of the individuals and organisations we have helped over the years and once again make them feel part of our Dream Catcher family. We were also delighted to see so many of our supporters, without whom our work would not be possible.”

Rather than donating money, Dream Catcher responds to requests for specific items including medical equipment and building materials, as well as services such as respite care and short breaks away.

The charity relies heavily on donations and sponsorship to operate and, since its foundation, has raised in excess of £250,000.

In his address at Government House, Michael launched Dream Catcher’s “£10 for 10” fundraising scheme, inviting people to donate £10 for the remaining ten months of the year.

The Dream Catcher advisory board is made up of volunteers from various Island businesses who offer fundraising and promotional support, as well as facilitate many of the donations through their connections with the local business community.

Indeed, over the last decade the charity has paid for or facilitated the donation of gifts, services and support to the value of nearly £500,000.

Recent gift donations to local organisations include slow cookers to the Isle of Man Food Bank, portable DVD players to the Noble’s Hospital Children’s Ward, gardening equipment to the Community Farm, a school aquarium trip for pupils from Rushen School Special Unit and a horse simulator for Manx Equitherapy.

It has also supported many private individuals with donations of wheelchairs, specialist children’s car seats, orthopaedic beds, respite care and short trips away for those in desperate need of a break.

Michael added:

“Due to the sensitive nature of many of our applications, we cannot always publicise our success, but be rest assured we are always working behind the scenes to support those in the Island’s community who are often overlooked.”