We have had an extremely busy two weeks – 7 single mattresses, 4 single beds, 3 sets of bunk beds – gone to families in poverty, or who have gone through domestic violence; a travel cot, stairgate, clothes and toys to a single parent in poverty; 6 x essentials boxes to families in poverty, suffering from mental health or have gone through domestic violence; childrens clothes, toys and toiletries for a refugee family with nothing; baby clothes, toys, pram, nappies, milk and childrens clothes for another refugee family with nothing; 2 x camera monitors for children in poverty with complex health needs; a laptop repair for a student who’s parent has alcohol dependency; a cooker, washing machine and fridge freezer for a mum who has been through domestic violence; baby clothing, childrens clothes, a food shop, and essentials box for a parent in poverty; a food shop for a parent who has been through domestic violence; a wardrobe and toy storage for a child who’s parent has mental health issues; 2 x birthday presents for children in poverty; and 2 x weekly food shops for families in poverty. We have also started to get the Christmas present referrals in – approximately 220 so far (These are children who would otherwise go without a gift this year). WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY TAKING DONATIONS OF ITEMS, AS WE NEED TO FREE UP SPACE READY FOR CHRISTMAS, BUT WE WILL CALL OUT FOR ITEMS ON OUR PAGE. Thank you to everyone who supports us – we are continually grateful.
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Thank you for all your ideas about creating a charity event or session for kids at Christmas. As we said we would contact Ashley’s Birthday Bank and see what they suggested we do, being the experts!
Based on your suggestions we asked them whether a dedicated play session (party) on a specific date near Christmas, for underprivileged children would be the best choice. We explained we would raise money towards the cost of the children’s play and food for up to 15 children and we would provide a free hot drink for the accompanying adults.
However, they replied:
“Due to the sensitive nature of the clients we support, we feel it would be better if you were able to provide us with tickets for 15 children (Like “golden tickets”) and we can distribute them to some of the families we feel would benefit the most, and they could come to your play centre as a “member of the public with a free ticket” on their chosen day, rather than an organised event for vulnerable families. The families are referred to us through other channels, so we don’t have direct contact with them, but could distribute the vouchers through the referrers.”
So that is what we are doing! We need to raise £105 for 15 children to come and play and eat with us at their own chosen day. We shall print off the tickets for them and Ashley Birthday Bank will pass those on for us.
We will provide a free tea or coffee for the parent/guardian bringing them along. Please help to raise the money with us by sharing this post and keep sharing it, you don’t have to give the £7 but anything will help!
We would like to thank everyone for all their support and patience while we decided the best way to go about it all.
Please donate here:
Thank you so much to BSK Community Events for providing 54 Primark Vouchers, toiletries and chocolate for the teenagers we are supporting this Christmas. Amazing donation. ❤
Thank you to Christchurch Lions Dorset UK for their generous donation of £500.00 This money will be used to continue to support families in poverty with food shops and families in temporary accommodation with microwaves.
Thank you to Waitrose Winton for choosing us as one of the charities for November 2018 in their green token scheme. Please pop a token in, as you will be helping to support our food shops for families in poverty this Christmas. Thank you!
If everyone could share this link to their friends and family – it would be appreciated. If you sign up to “Give as you live” and choose our charity to support. You can shop as normal at sites such as Amazon, Ebay, Asda, Tesco, Argos etc, and we receive a percentage of your purchase (at no extra cost to you) – this is how much I have raised – “Anna – you’ve raised £34.26!
You’re supporting Ashley’s Birthday Bank – they’ve raised £88.98” Every penny makes a difference to us – £15 will buy nappies and milk for a baby in poverty, £50.00 will buy a microwave for a family in B&B accommodation, and £80 will buy a week’s food shop for a family in poverty. Thank you
Thank you so much to Upton Infant School who are holding a Pyjama Party after half term to raise funds for our “Beddie Byes” scheme, which will raise vital funds to ensure no child continues to sleep on the floor. Good luck with the fundraising, and we love the very appropriate theme for your fundraiser! If anyone else would like to hold a sponsored event for us, please get in touch – email@example.com
Thank you to Ouch Training Team for offering us a free place on their two day Mental Health First Aid Course. Two of us will then hold a certificate in this, which will be fantastic for working with our clients. It covers all aspects of mental health, including bi-polar, depression, suicide, post natal depression, anxiety etc.