During the last week of September and the first week of October, we have provided nappies, baby food, and wipes for a baby who’s parents are currently homeless; a baby monitor for a family living in a B&B; a stairgate for a family in poverty; a pram travel system for a family in poverty; an electric cooker for a single mum with mental health issues who was unable to purchase one in her new accommodation; a week’s food shop for a family in poverty; winter clothes for a young child who’s mother was struggling to provide; a microwave and cooking utentils, pots etc for a single mum living in one room who had no provision for warming food; 4 birthday presents for children in the refuge; 2 boxes of small luggage cases going to children who were being taken to temporary foster care, so they can take their treasured possessions with them; a pram for a mum in poverty who also has mental health issues; and a new cot & mattress for a baby who’s mother is struggling with anxiety and ongoing debt. We are starting to make space for Christmas, so will call out for items as and when we need them. Thank you to everyone for your continued support
Thank you so much to Wessex Fixings for donating 200 white sacks in readiness for our Christmas gift referrals.
Thank you to everyone who popped a blue token in our collection point at Tesco – every token really does make a difference, because we are the lucky winners, and we will be receiving over £3,000 which will help us continue to provide food shops and microwaves for families in need. The microwaves are vital for families in temporary accommodation as they very often only have a kettle in their room, and we have to provide food which they are able to heat to feed their children.
In the last few days, we have provided (or are in the process of providing), 3 x beds/cots for siblings who are all sleeping in travel cots (due to poverty), a weekly food shop for a family in poverty, a single bed for a child sleeping on the floor, a mattress for a child, due to domestic violence, winter clothes and toys for a young child who had no toys at all (human trafficking), and 13 x birthday presents for the children currently in the local refuges.
Two more last minute uniforms sorted – one for a parent who has been through domestic violence and had been through so much, there were no funds (or energy) left for school uniform; and a Social Worker met a parent with £7.00 in the bank who was worried that their child would not be able to start school this week. We also provided a week’s shopping for them. We hope all the children have a good term at school.
Feedback from a referral this week – “Dear ladies,
I have just received a lovely message from ************** who wanted me to thank you for the school uniform and food shopping , She said that her sons eyes nearly popped out of his head with all the food!!!
You really do make a huge difference to these families.”