Heartbreaking Stories of Children in Poverty with No Christmas Gifts

We are starting to get the Christmas Present Referrals in – makes very sad reading, and reinforces why the need for our Charity in this area is huge. Some of the background stories – “two siblings victims of sexual abuse”; “Young carer age 8 of mum with severe mental health issues”; “Child living with other family members due to mother’s addictions and past domestic violence”; “Parent struggling due to domestic violence”; “Parent in drug recovery, other parent terminally ill“; “Children living in constant fear due to alcoholic parent”; “Young siblings caring for their parents who both have cancer”. These are just a handful of the referrals we are getting in. Let’s help make their Christmas magical – if you would like to make a donation, please visit our website www.ashleysbirthdaybank.com which will show the various ways you can do this. Every pound will make a difference.Thank you


Another Busy Few Weeks of Referrals

Another busy few weeks – 4 x weekly food shops, double bed and mattress, duvet covers and pillows, carpet, essentials boxes x 3, clothing for 3 siblings, birthday present, car seats x 3, double buggy, toys for a toddler, stairgate x 3, another double bed and mattress, single bed, slow cooker, toys, clothes for 2 x children and 1 x parent, travel cot x 2, sofa, clothing for 2 x siblings, bookcase, toybox, cot with bedding stairgate x 4, microwave, fridge x 2, clothes airer, ironing board x 2, washing machine x 2, frying pans, baking trays, lampshades, towels, toys, hoover, cot, highchair x 2, moses basket, nappies, baby milk, baby bath, steriliser, baby clothes, baby toys, childrens table and chairs, coats, bedding and kitchen equipment – all gone to families who have been through domestic violence, are living in temporary accommodation, young children who suffer neglect, poverty and mental health issues. Thank you for helping us support these families


Would you hold a Christmas Jumper Day for us?

We are already thinking about Christmas and getting referrals for gifts to go to children who would otherwise wake up without presents. If your employer would consider doing a Christmas Jumper Day for our charity, every penny donated would make their Christmas an extra special one. We can provide posters for you to display. Please message us if you can help. Thank you

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Thank you to our Recent Supporters

Thank you to the hundreds of you who responded to our post about the domestic violence referral. Sadly, this type of referral is our most common (around 80% are domestic violence related) – we are continuing to support this family, and will do a full update next week. Other thank you’s go to four kind ladies, one of whom gave us a cheque for £100 towards our Christmas fund to support local families with gifts (over 800 last year) and treat boxes, a lady who purchased brand new duvets and pillows for the family, and also paid for a new sofa for them, a lady who purchased brand new coats for the parent and child; and finally to Janine from Beauty No.1 Salons who raised £85.00 in the South Run last weekend. You are all amazing, and help us continue supporting these families.