The launch of an interactive website to help disabled children and their families access life-changing support has attracted thousands of visitors in its first week.
National charity Caudwell Children teamed up with Staffordshire-based ExtraMile Communications to develop the site, which was officially launched on Monday, 14thJanuary.
The re-vamped website provides information about the charity and its services, an online application service, discussion forums for parents and volunteers; as well as lots of opportunities to support the charity.
In the first day of the website going live the charity’s Applications Team received more than 30 online applications from parents of disabled children looking for practical and emotional support.
Optimised for mobile and tablet use, the charity has been overwhelmed by the support and feedback it has received following the launch.
One user took to Twitter and said: “Loving the new Caudwell Children website. So easy to navigate around and all information in one place, good job ExtraMile.”
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, said “Over the last 12 months we consulted parents, disabled children and volunteers about what a charity website needed to achieve which has helped steer the direction of its look and feel.
We wanted to incorporate as many of their ideas as we could, making applications and helping support the charity a fun and simple process.
We teamed up with ExtraMile Communications who got to work turning those ideas into reality.
The result is an incredibly user-friendly website that puts Caudwell Children at the forefront of online charity engagement.
The website has received tremendous feedback and the initial figures speak for themselves. We are truly overwhelmed by the initial success.
We would like to thank ExtraMile Communications for all their hard work and everyone involved in helping steer the success of the new site. It is great to work with a local company and to find the skills we need on our doorstep.”
To date Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £23 million to thousands of disabled children with nearly 500 different medical conditions.
Nick Evans, Technical Director of ExtraMile Communications based in Eccleshall, said “It’s been a privilege to work with a national charity like Caudwell Children.
The website project was complex and needed a clear vision on both sides. The professionalism of the charity and its understanding of what makes a charity website tick has been an eye-opener for us and we are delighted that the initial results are so good.
We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Caudwell Children as we develop their online presence for the future.”
The interactive and user-friendly website www.caudwellchildren.com has seven key categories and includes regional activities, event listings, the latest news issued by the charity, fundraising ideas, success stories, volunteering opportunities, challenge activities and much more.
Anyone wishing to find out more should visit www.caudwellchildren.com.