1 in 4 Children in the UK Live in Poverty

Another busy week of referrals – a cot mattress and bedding going to a mum who’s child is in child protection; cot, mattress, baby bath, nappies, clothes, toys, new baby bottles, pram travel system, blankets etc, going to a newborn who is living in unsafe conditions and due to go into emergency accommodation; a new double bed base for a mother and child who are in poverty; a new washing machine for a parent in poverty; a Primark voucher for a grandparent who has taken in her grandchild with no clothing; a pram, moses basket, nappies, baby bath, blankets etc to a mother in poverty; a week’s food shopping and guidance with getting transport to school for a mum and child living in a B&B, who only had 49p to last her a week – we had to provide food that could be heated in the shared kitchen (microwave and kettle only); and 2 x stairgates to a child who was in safeguarding.

We appreciate all your continued support – we have a lot of donations in storage at the moment, and will call out for items on here as we need them.

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Busy Start to 2019

Happy New Year to everyone. We were back last week, and provided 3 x weekly food shops. These were for desperate families, who are currently struggling financially, and having to make the difficult decision of feeding their children, or keeping them warm. We provided a new washing machine for a single mum who’s current machine had broken, a birthday present for a child in poverty, who would otherwise have gone without, storage units for a parent with mental health issues, who wasn’t coping; and are in the process of providing a new bed and storage for a parent in poverty. Thank you for your continued support.

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Year End Update

Well it’s nearly the end of another amazing year with the Charity. We have gone from strength to strength, had a few ups and downs (mostly ups!); helped hundreds and hundreds of local families in poverty; or who have been through domestic violence; neglect; abuse; or mental health issues. Forged fantastic relationships with the Social Workers, Pastoral Care Workers, Refuges, Health Visitors, Police Liaison Officers etc; who refer their clients to us. We want to thank all of you for continuing to support us – every individual who has donated items or paid money to us so we can continue to do what we do; to the local companies who take the time to arrange events; collect gifts; collect money; provide a confidential, efficient, hassle-free service – you are all fantastic. To our volunteers and fellow Trustees – thank you for giving up your time to do what you do. We are shutting down today, so we can start thinking about our own Christmases, but we will still monitor the emails and messages during this period.

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy 2019 – remember “Helping a voluntarily run local charity makes the world of difference – your £1 means £1 being spent on the people in need”. Enjoy the time with your families – Make happy memories and we hope to continue our journey with you all throughout 2019

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Pre- Christmas Rush

Thank you to the people who have made monetary donations to us during the past few weeks. Your generousity has paid for 4 x Christmas food shops for families who would otherwise have had very grim Christmases with their children. During the past week, we have provided 6 x weekly food shops, which consist of fresh meat, fresh vegetables, dairy products, bakery products, treats, tinned items (basically what we are all lucky enough to afford each week) – we have had tears of joy, and thank you texts saying “we have made their Christmas” – This week we have also provided bunk beds, and a single bed for a family in poverty who were all sleeping on a sofa bed together; a single bed for a child in poverty; birthday presents; party food and treats for a local play centre for underprivileged children; treats and a bouncy castle hire for a school hosting a party for underprivileged children; and continuing to sort though the many hundreds of Christmas Present requests. Every £1 donated goes directly to the families in need – so THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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Children in Refuge Getting a Happy Christmas

Thank you to Shawn Tayler for this fantastic collection of Christmas gifts. Most of them will be going to Poole Refuge for the children currently staying there, Shawn also raised £60.75 in a collection, and this will pay for a week’s food shop for a parent and child. Everyone’s generosity continues to astound us! Thank you

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Bare Floors are Covered

Status Flooring called us as they were clearing out old stock, and offered us carpets. They delivered carpet to one of our referrals today – enough to do her whole house!! She will no longer have cold concrete floors, and her children’s rooms will be homely (together with the beds and furniture we provided last week). Thank you so much for your kind gesture. There will be more deliveries next week to equally worthy recipients

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Poverty is a Real Problem

It’s been a crazily busy 7 days – 2 x single beds, mattresses, fridge freezer, double bed and mattress to a parent following domestic violence; a weekly food shop and Primark voucher to a parent following domestic violence; a weekly foodshop for a family in poverty; bunk beds, single bed, double bed and mattresses, washing machine and cooker for a parent following domestic violence; a cotbed to a family in poverty; storage units to a family in poverty; a weekly foodshop for a family in poverty; a cooker, fridge, double bed and single bed to a family following domestic violence; a birthday present and weekly food shop to a family following domestic violence; 2 x stairgates to a family for a child with special needs; a weekly food shop for a family in poverty; a cot, bedding, nappies and clothes for a young mum in poverty; bunk beds for children under a care order; a kettle to a family due to poverty; a weekly food shop and toiletries to a family following domestic violence; a bed, mattress and weekly food shop to a family following domestic violence; clothing, toys, Primark voucher and Xmas tree to a family in poverty; a weekly food shop for a family in poverty. Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

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