We recently completed a project which celebrates the remarkable work being done by one of Bolton’s oldest charities to support the children of in the town.
The Chadwick Educational Foundation was set up in 1868 by Dr Samuel Chadwick and his wife Ann. 150 years on, the charity is still making a huge difference to the lives of children in the town, funding school libraries, improving outdoor play areas and providing stage equipment and lighting.
We were asked to produce a video demonstrating some of the recent school projects funded by the Chadwick Trust and it turned out to be an incredibly uplifting experience.
Because we were celebrating the 150th anniversary of the charity, we used actors dressed as Dr and Mrs Chadwick, from the 1870s.
We filmed them visiting eight schools in Bolton. It was an interesting mix of past and present, as the actors in their Victorian dress chatted to the children who are benefiting today from the Trust’s donations.
As we went around the various primary schools, it was really heart-warming to see the joy in the children’s faces as they spoke about their new playgrounds or the new books in their libraries.
The Chadwicks set up their charitable trust after the early deaths of their two children. They built an orphanage and social housing in the town to benefit families and children who were in need.
Although the orphanage closed in 1961, the houses remained the property of the Trust, and trustees decided that the money generated from the housing, and from the sale of the orphanage land, should be used to benefit the children of Bolton.
Children from some of the featured schools are currently putting together a show to celebrate the work of the Trust and we’ll be filming that too, to create a commemorative DVD.